2 August 2010
The British Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal to help survivors of Pakistan’s worst flooding in 80 years.
Donations to the Pakistan Floods Appeal will help the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement provide desperately needed relief items to thousands of people.
Heavy rain causes flood damage
Monsoon rains have led to extensive flash flooding throughout Pakistan, killing at least 1,000 people and causing widespread damage to infrastructure.
Around 2.5 million people have been affected, and the rains are expected to worsen this week.
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.”
How we are helping
The Pakistan Red Crescent Society, which has branches and volunteers across the country, has been helping survivors by delivering food, health services, shelter supplies and relief items (including hygiene kits and cooking equipment).
Volunteers are also supporting the local authorities in a major rescue effort to reach the thousands of communities that are cut off by the floods.
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 few aid organisations able to work across Pakistan, including in conflict zones.
The British Red Cross has already released £50,000 from its Disaster Fund to provide immediate relief to survivors. Tesco has given £20,000 to the Pakistan Floods Appeal and The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has donated £25,000.
In the event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help us prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters either overseas or here in the UK.