The problem of floods in Pakistan is not new as it dates back to the year of independence 1947, when the first major flood hit Pakistan. Since then more floods of even greater magnitude in 1954, 1970, 1988, 1992, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 have caused heaps of destruction in the country taking the lives of millions of people and leaving billions of them homeless. However the latest flood in 2010 was the most devastating which damaged the infrastructure and economy of the country. The main reason for the 2011 floods was the heavy monsoon rainfall in all four provinces of the country. The severity of the flood could be determined by the fact that one-fifth of Pakistan’s total land area was underwater. The floods took the lives of more than 2000 people and had a direct impact on the lives of 20 million other people by wiping out their property, livelihood and infrastructure.
SDMA responded to Monsoon 2009, Flood 2010 and 2011 & Monsoon 2012, enabling the state in reducing human and infrastructure loss.