Monday 2 August 2010
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- Up to 2.5 million people badly affected by severe floods
- Situation expected to worsen in coming days
The British Red Cross has launched an appeal in response to the severe flooding in north-west Pakistan, which has worsened considerably in recent days. More than 1,100 people are estimated to have died and around 2.5 million people have been badly affected by the floods that the Pakistani authorities believe to be the worst to have hit the country in the past 80 years.
The appeal will support the work of Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, which has been at the forefront of relief efforts for the past 12 days. Emergency aid including tents, tarpaulin sheets, food and kerosene stoves are being distributed and an emergency medical camp has been set up provide immediate medical assistance to almost 3,100 affected families.
Pete Garratt, British Red Cross Disaster Relief Manager, said:
“With more monsoon rains predicted over the next two days, the situation is going to get considerably worse. Thousands of people already have lost their homes and livelihoods, crops have been destroyed and whole villages have been washed away. Roads and bridges have been affected, leaving some areas cut off, and with the flood levels due to rise there is a risk that many more people could find themselves homeless.”
Because of the unique nature of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and its fundamental principle of neutrality, it is one of the only aid organisations able to work across Pakistan, including in conflict zones.
The British Red Cross has released £50,000 from their Disaster Fund to provide immediate relief. To donate to the British Red Cross Pakistan Flood Appeal go to: www.redcross.org.uk/pakistanfloods or call 0845 054 7206.
Cheque donations, made payable to British Red Cross Pakistan Floods Appeal, can be sent to: British Red Cross, FREEPOST NAT21787, Paisley, PA1 1BR
Tesco, as part of their existing emergency partnership with British Red Cross, has also made a donation of £20,000 to the appeal.
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The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.