Flooding in Pakistan

I’ve provided links at the end of the CARE, UN, and ICRC quotes to the sites where you can donate to these groups to help in their efforts to save lives in the wake of the devastating floods in Pakistan.

From CNN:

As the relief effort in flood-hit Pakistan intensified Monday, officials were bracing themselves for an outbreak of disease among the millions affected by the country’s worst deluge in 80 years.

Rushing floodwaters and mudslides triggered by monsoon rains have engulfed large swathes of northwestern Pakistan since Thursday, killing an estimated 1,100 people as entire communities were swept away or cut off.

Now government officials are concerned a lack of drinking water is spreading conditions such as cholera and gastroenteritis in affected areas such as the Swat Valley in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa Province, Agence France-Presse reported.

“We estimate that about 100,000 people, mostly children, have been hit by cholera and gastro diseases,” Syed Zahir Ali Shah, health minister for Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa, was quoted by AFP as saying.

From CARE:

CARE is supporting health teams, mobile clinics and the distribution of emergency supplies in the wake of flooding that has taken hundreds of lives in Pakistan and devastated wide swaths of the country.

The extent of the damage still isn’t known as historic monsoon rains have swept away dozens of bridges, hundreds of roads and thousands of homes making access to those affected extremely difficulty. […]

The mobile clinics and BHU’s will continue for at least the next four months. CARE also is transporting emergency stockpiles of tents, shawls, mosquito nets, plastic floor mats, family hygiene kits and kitchen sets in the Swat, Charsaddah and Nowshera districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). Initial distributions are expected to reach 5,200 people. […] (DONATE here)

From the UN News Centre:

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing food to more than 35,000 families affected by the worst floods northwest Pakistan has seen in decades, which have affected some one million people in the area.

According to media reports, more than 1,000 people have died in the flooding, unleashed by torrential monsoons which are said to be the worst in living memory.

“We are deeply saddened to hear that so many people who have already suffered terribly in recent years are now seeing their lives washed away. We stand with them as they deal with this enormous shock,” said the agency’s Executive Director Josette Sheeran.

“WFP is mobilizing every possible resource to make sure their needs are met as quickly as is humanly possible,” she added.

The first emergency rations for flood victims reached some 3,000 families yesterday in Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda, three of the hardest-hit areas. (DONATE here)

From the ICRC:

In the worst-affected areas, entire villages were washed away without warning by walls of flood water. Thousands of people have lost everything, as homes, livestock, farm machinery and other possessions were simply swept away. In addition, many crops that were not immediately destroyed are now under water.

“In a country that is no stranger to natural disasters, this crisis has its own dimension: because so many people have lost literally all that they had, we now need to urgently distribute not only food but also the means to cook it. Items such as cooking sets and dry fuel are required for the flood victims, as is shelter,” said Muhammad Ateeb Siddiqui, director of operations of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society. “The distribution of relief is severely constrained by damaged infrastructure, and the widespread contamination of water supplies has the potential to create major health problems.” (DONATE here)

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