What Can You Do To Help The Victims Of The Floods In Pakistan?
Pakistan has been hit by the worst flooding in the region in 80 years, 1.5 million people in the north of the country are thought to have been effected by the flooding and landslides. Dozens of villages have been washed away and the destruction of around 30 bridges has left many more cut off from relief efforts. Over 1000 people have been killed already but many more at at risk now, particularly from the threat of disease.
People in the flood’s wake were already desperately poor and what little possessions they had have been washed away. The extent of this crisis is only slowly emerging. The more villages that are reached the grimmer the picture becomes. There is a desperate need for temporary shelter, clean drinking water and toilets to avert a public health catastrophe. People also need medical care and basic food items. We are looking at a sizable aid package that will require a great deal of public support. – Jane Cocking humanitarian director of Oxfam.
The problem to getting aid to cut off areas are complicated by the political situation in northern Pakistan. The army has so far managed to rescue 28,000 people but progress is slow and some areas have yet to be reached. 27,000 people are still thought to be stranded although this is only an estimate.
International aid is arriving in Pakistan but as usual the charities attempting to offer support need more money in order to provide clean water and medical supplies to those in need. Most of the big global charities are accepting donations specifically for Pakistan including:
- British Red Cross.
- Oxfam are also collecting and have set up a specific Pakistan flood donation page.
Please consider making a donation, it there a luxury you could do without? Can you spare £20 or $20? I don’t mean to tell you what to do with your money but it could make a big difference to a family in need in Pakistan.
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