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Urgent humanitarian aid needed for millions hit by Pakistan floods

Christian Aid is channelling money through its international network to provide food, shelter and medical assistance to some 50,000 people affected by floods that have killed at least 1,400 people in Pakistan.

'Pakistan is facing a humanitarian crisis' said Robin Greenwood, Christian Aid's head of Asia and Middle East division.

'Thousands of people are still waiting to receive assistance.  It is crucial to get humanitarian aid to the people and the places that need it most.'

Heavy monsoon rains which caused the worst floods on record have destroyed communities across five provinces of the country, demolishing entire villages, roads and bridges, and ruining fields and crops.

More than two million people are affected and many have no way of getting food. As waters subside there are now fears of water borne disease outbreaks and the spread of diarrhoea.

Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance and development, through which it is dispersing funds. 

The Alliance's Pakistan Forum, comprising  Church World Service - Pakistan/Afghanistan, Norwegian Church Aid and the German agency Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe are assisting in areas identified with the most urgent needs. 

Government departments and many humanitarian agencies are focusing their efforts on the Northern provinces but there is a desperate need for aid too in the south west province of Balochistan.
Church World Service has already distributed food and temporary shelter there, and in other affected provinces.

A mobile health unit in Mansehra in the north is providing emergency health assistance to hundreds of patients, as well as providing free medicine and health education on water bourne disease.

Elsewhere, mobile health units will cover areas such as Kohistan, Swat and Balakot, a town which was destroyed in the 2005 earthquake.

At present, the rains have abated, but further deluges are expected over the coming days.

Donations

Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal in response to the devastating floods in Pakistan.

Donations will help make a difference to the people of Pakistan whose homes and livelihoods have been washed away by the floods.

Donations can be made to Christian Aid's Emergencies fund online or by calling 08080 004 004, (call this number and quote A010682 when making your donation).

Christian Aid is also part of the Disaster Emergency Committee, DEC, which is launching the 'DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal'.

The money raised will help fund the efforts in Pakistan of the DEC's Members, which are the leading UK aid agencies. (ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, CARE International UK, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Concern, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision).

Please support the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal by calling 0370 60 60 900 or going to www.dec.org.uk.

For more information please contact Jo Rogers on 0207 523 2460 or 07850 242950 (24-hour press duty phone number). From 4 August 2010 please contact the DEC for all media enquiries on 020 7387 0200 or out of hours 07930 999 014. 

Additional information

  1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

  2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

  3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org. The Alliance‘s Pakistan Forum, comprising  Church World Service- Pakistan/Afghanistan, Norwegian Church Aid and the German agency Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe.

  4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire.

  5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk

DEC announces Pakistan floods appeal

The Disaster Emergency Committee has opened the ‘DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal’ and special broadcasts will run from Thursday (5 August 2010) on the BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4, Channel Five and independent radio stations.

The money raised will help fund the life saving work in Pakistan of the DEC’s Members and their partners.

The special broadcasts will be presented by well-known figures and mark the formal launch of the Appeal.  Automated telephone lines and the DEC website are already open for donations.  From Thursday, further donation mechanisms will begin to become available including SMS, post and over the counter donations at Post Offices and banks.

The automated donation line is 0370 60 60 900 and website www.dec.org.uk.

DEC appeal in Scotland - 5 August 2010

Scottish Aid Agencies, backed by the broadcaster Shereen Nanjiani, have launched a national appeal to help the many hundreds of thousands of people affected by monsoon flooding in North West Pakistan. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in Scotland is pooling its resources to launch a national fundraising appeal.

Speaking at the launch in Glasgow, broadcaster and journalist, Shereen Nanjiani, said:

'These floods are the worst to hit Pakistan in 80 years. The death toll is horrifying and hundreds of thousands more people have lost everything. It is a huge humanitarian disaster.

'Many people in Scotland – myself included – have family ties to Pakistan and many will have relatives suffering because of the floods.' 

Operational notes

Pakistan floods appeal

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