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Severe flooding in Pakistan - health advice

02 Sep 2022

Pakistan has been affected by severe flooding, with more than a third of the country under water after the heaviest monsoon rains in a decade.

Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provinces have been worst affected, with flash floods and landslides occurring along the Indus and Kabul rivers. More than 1,000 people have died and millions of people have been made homeless.

Advice for travellers

In addition to the risk of injury or death, the floods are expected to lead to serious health problems:

Mosquito-borne disease

Food- and water-borne disease

  • The risk of food and water-borne infection increases in flooded areas. You should take food and water precautions at all times.
  • Serious infections like typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A are likely to become more common. Vaccination against these should be discussed with a travel health professional.

Other precautions

  • You should make sure before you travel to Pakistan that you are up to date with the UK schedule vaccines.
  • Polio is present in Pakistan. You may need a polio booster before you travel, speak to a travel health professional if you are unsure. Further information on polio exit requirements for Pakistan is available under¬†Alerts.¬†

See the fitfortravel Pakistan page for further information.