Aid agency launches flood disaster appeal
Published 02/08/2010 | 15:50
An Irish aid agency today launched a worldwide appeal to raise €5m to help the victims of the Pakistan flood disaster.
Concern said more than 1,100 people have been killed and an estimated million left homeless as heavy monsoon rains devastated huge swathes of north-west Pakistan.
Food, water and shelter are desperately needed, it stressed.
Concern regional director Brid Kennedy said: "The Irish public and the government have always rallied to help victims of natural disasters and we are asking for the public's urgent help for Pakistan.
"This is a terrible catastrophe affecting some of the most vulnerable people in the world who are living in dire poverty."
More than 12 inches of rain has fallen in 36 hours causing huge flooding in north-west Pakistan.
Concern - which has released €500,000 from its own emergency fund to kick-start efforts - fears the situation will change dramatically in the next 48 hours when more water is expected to flow towards Punjab and Sindh provinces aggravating the devastation to human lives and livelihoods.
The agency is now responding to the emergency by providing clean water, food, shelter, mosquito nets, basic hygiene and kitchen items, emergency medical assistance and distributing pre-emergency stocks to the most vulnerable families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).
To donate visit www.concern.net or call 1850 410 510.
Concern has more than 50 staff based in Pakistan, mostly locals, who work with nine partners on the ground.