ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - As the scale of the crisis in
Pakistan continues to grow, World Vision is stepping up efforts to meet
the needs of families affected by the floods and who now face a month of
fasting during Ramadan.
So far, World Vision has provided food and water to 21,000 people in
Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province (KPK), and yesterday distributed shelter
kits, cooking implements and gas cylinders to families in Pashtun Garhi.
The aid agency will soon start distributions of floor mats, bedding and
food kits containing flour, sugar, rice, beans, tea, dates and oil to
families in Charsada, Nowshera and Peshawar.
World Vision has opened five health clinics in Lower Dir over the last
two weeks. More than 1,100 patients have been treated for acute
respiratory infections, skin infections and diarrhea.
However, bad weather continues to hamper the response. Rains and fresh
floods are creating a miserable start to Ramadan; the Islamic month of
fasting, which begins today in Pakistan. Although devastated and hungry,
not observing the Ramadan fast is unimaginable for most people,
especially in the KPK, which has been the hardest hit by floods.
"The communication network is a big problem for us. We cannot access our
teams when they are in the field during rains. Delivery of medicine is
yet another big challenge we face in the wake of the damaged Khazana
Bypass Bridge." - Dr. Rasheed Ahmad, World Vision's Area Manager for
"Evidence of the severity of the disaster in Pakistan is growing by the
hour and Canadians are just now realizing the scale of destruction.
Imagine having your home swept away and then carrying your children
through dangerously high flood waters to safety. It's a critical
opportunity for us to help families caught in a nightmare that's getting
worse, not better." - Dave Toycen, President & CEO, World Vision Canada.
Pakistan's deadly floods have affected more than 14 million people in
six areas of Pakistan: Baluchistan, Gilgit Baltistan, KPK,
Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Punjab and Sindh. Most of those affected
have lost houses, belongings, crops and livestock, and are surviving on
outside relief and occasional handouts while living in the open.
Floodwaters continue to wreak havoc, devastating entire villages and
damaging crops and livestock, as they now make their way into the
southern province of Sindh.
Canadians wishing to help can make a donation by visiting WorldVision.ca
or by calling: 1-800-268-5528 (English), 1-800-363-5021 (French).
World Vision has been working in Pakistan since 1992, focusing on
emergency relief and response, child protection, HIV and AIDS awareness,
sustainable economic development, health and hygiene, and empowering
women. World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. To learn more
about World Vision's work, see www.worldvision.ca
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