OTTAWA, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - Monsoon rains have caused extensive flash
flooding throughout Pakistan, killing more than 1,500 people and causing
widespread damage. Over 3 million people have been affected, and the
rains are expected to worsen this week. The Canadian Red Cross is
actively responding by contributing $2.5 million in support of relief
and recovery efforts, as well as deploying four mobile health units and
a seven-person paramedic team to affected communities.
"The next week is critical. With continued heavy rains there is a real
danger that the flooding will spread further south into Sindh province,"
explains Hossam Elsharkawi, director of emergency and recovery
operations with the Canadian Red Cross. "As well as increasing
distributions of food and shelter materials, the Red Cross Red Crescent
Movement is working to reduce the public health risks posed by the
flooding. Thousands of people are living in miserable conditions.
Providing clean water and sanitation is an absolute priority if we are
to avert epidemics."
The Canadian Red Cross has been working in Pakistan since 2005 and has a
strong partnership with the Pakistan Red Crescent in the areas of
disaster response, disaster preparedness and community health.
"Over 50,000 volunteers from the Pakistan Red Crescent have been working
around the clock to help the people - many of them family, friends and
neighbours - affected by the flooding," says Elsharkawi. "It has been an
extraordinary effort and the Canadian Red Cross will continue to support
their response efforts in the days and weeks to come."
Canadians wishing to make a financial donation may give online at
www.redcross.ca, call 1-800-418-1111 or contact their local Canadian Red
Cross office. The 24-hour toll free line accepts Visa, MasterCard and
American Express. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red
Cross, earmarked "Pakistan Floods 2010" and mailed to the Canadian Red
Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario,
The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and
Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the
Red Cross and over 185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing
the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
SOURCE CRISIS IN PAKISTAN
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