Pakistan is one of the least developed countries in Asia. Nearly a third of the population are living below the international poverty line (less than $1.90 a day). Around 60% of the population of 193 million lack secure access to sufficient safe and nutritious food. In addition to this, rural communities are highly vulnerable to waterborne diseases – claiming the lives of 250,000 children each year. This is due to the lack of basic clean water and sanitation facilities.
Pakistan is vulnerable to many hazards, both natural and human-induced, including cyclones, floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides, oil spills, and pollution. These result in loss of both life and infrastructure, and they place pressure upon the economy.
In 2010 alone, monsoon rains caused massive floods which killed nearly 2,000 people, affected more than 20 million and made at least 7.8 million people food insecure and inflicted over US$ 16 billion in economic loss.
In 2017 Pakistan, as a nation, only produced around half of its usual crop. This is due to changes in the climate and a lack of proper irrigation. It has driven food prices up and left millions of Pakistanis unable to afford sufficient food for themselves or their families.
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