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06 Oct 2014 description
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Severe flooding overwhelms rural communities across a large region

The effect of recent monsoon flooding on the remote Pakistani village of Rasmaan, located about one mile from the border with India, did not make major news headlines. But for the people who live there and in scores of other rural communities, the worst floods since 2010 took everything, killing hundreds and affecting 1.5 million people.

04 Oct 2012 description
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Monsoon flooding inundates the country for third consecutive year

Devastating flooding has once again struck southern Pakistan, hitting areas still struggling to recover from the 2010 and 2011 flood disasters. AmeriCares pre-positioned relief supplies were in place even before the disaster, so that crucial aid could reach families in need as quickly as possible.

02 Oct 2012 description
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Grants help partners quickly respond to disasters
October 1, 2012

AmeriCares Global Pre-Positioning Initiative, launched in early 2012, has already helped crucial aid quickly reach flood survivors in Pakistan, the Philippines, Colombia, India and Indonesia – aid that is put in place before disaster strikes.

11 Jan 2012 description
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AmeriCares disaster relief helped save lives and reduce human suffering January 10, 2012

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View our photo gallery to read more about our work around the world in 2011 In 2011— a year that brought major disasters that affected millions around the world—AmeriCares delivered lifesaving medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid to help survivors of these and other emergencies. Our promise is simple: when people are in crisis, we deliver the help they need — whenever they need it, and wherever they are.

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02 Dec 2011 description
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December 1, 2011

More than 5.4 million people are struggling to survive in Pakistan after torrential monsoon rains pounded the southern provinces in September, triggering massive flooding. More than 1.5 million houses were damaged, 3 million acres of crops were destroyed and more than 3 million people are in dire need of assistance. Shelter, relief items, food rations, access to safe water and emergency health services are especially needed.

04 Nov 2011 description
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More than 5 million people are struggling to survive in the wake of a new wave of severe flooding in southern Pakistan, including many families still recovering from the catastrophic 2010 floods. More than 1.8 million people are displaced, facing a harsh winter. Spearheaded by our in-country relief expert Riaz Khalil, AmeriCares has responded with distributions of non-food items and is preparing support for free medical camps to help families in desperate need.

04 Oct 2011 description
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AmeriCares is responding as a new wave of monsoon rains triggered severe flooding in southern Pakistan, affecting more than 7 million people. The deluge is a blow to survivors in a region still struggling to recover from the catastrophic floods of 2010 – the worst flooding the country had ever seen.

"That so many people caught up in the emergency were still trying to reestablish their lives after last year's terrible flooding makes this a very complex and urgent situation," said U.N. official, Mengesha Kebeda.

21 Sep 2011 description

Rapid response teams will aid victims of epidemics worldwide

NEW YORK, NY – AmeriCares and icddr,b are joining forces to launch a Global Cholera Preparedness program in hopes of preventing thousands of unnecessary deaths over the next two years. Every year there are as many as 5 million estimated cholera cases worldwide and over 100,000 deaths from the waterborne disease, which spreads rapidly in areas with overcrowding and poor sanitation.

09 Sep 2011 description
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460 Patients Treated in a Single Day

Tens of thousands of families in remote villages of Pakistan lost everything in the devastating July 2010 floods, and more than one year later, many still have little access to adequate health care.

24 Jun 2011 description
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The impact of the 2010 massive floods that submerged one-fifth of Pakistan, left 20 million homeless, killed 2,000 and destroyed millions of acres of crops is still painfully evident today -- especially in remote villages. Many families in these farming communities lost everything and have little access to relief and recovery efforts.

As part of our commitment to help communities rebuild sustainable health care following a disaster, AmeriCares is working to rehabilitate 10 flood-damaged health facilities to restore crucial health care services to Pakistan’s villages.

07 Feb 2011 description
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Six months after epic flooding swept away farmland, homes and livelihoods across a huge area of Pakistan, AmeriCares continues to reach remote villages still in desperate need of relief supplies and basic health services.

Most recently, AmeriCares emergency response manager Riaz Khalil set to work with the leaders of the village and a bank employee who volunteers in the area to begin an initial relief effort. To assess immediate needs, they met with families whose homes had been damaged or destroyed when the Swat River overflowed its banks.

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07 Dec 2010 description
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Months after Pakistan's devastating floods, many families remain homeless and cut off from relief. As winter fast approaches, an entire flood survivor camp recently gathered to receive warm blankets, cooking sets and other relief supplies from AmeriCares. The delivery fulfilled a commitment made by Riaz Khalil, an AmeriCares relief worker who reached out to the community, met with families and learned of their needs.

The community had received some early assistance, but much more was needed.

08 Oct 2010 description
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STAMFORD, CT - AmeriCares, a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization, today announced it received a $25,000 donation from Purdue Pharma L.P. for continuing relief efforts in flood-stricken Pakistan.

20 Sep 2010 description
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Dr. Rafi Ahmed, M.D. and his team from CDRS Pakistan/Shine Humanity recently returned from an AmeriCares-supported medical mission to help flood survivors in Pakistan. AmeriCares donates medicines and medical supplies to health care professionals providing charitable medical care to impoverished communities around the world. Dr. Ahmed shared news and reflections from mobile health clinics serving families forced from their homes by unrelenting floods.

As our flight approached Sukkur Airport; we saw the destruction caused by the Indus River.

07 Sep 2010 description
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The epic flood disaster in Pakistan has destroyed the homes and livelihoods of millions of people, putting an enormous full-length section of the country the size of California (much of it vital farmland) underwater.

19 Aug 2010 description
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Pakistan's worst flooding in 80 years has claimed at least 1,600 lives, left more than 4 million people homeless and affected over 20 million people. The latest AmeriCares airlift contains more than $500,000 worth of critical medical aid to help survivors of the devastating floods.

17 Aug 2010 description
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Pakistan's first reported cholera cases and continued heavy rains add another degree of urgency to a massive humanitarian crisis in the country's worst flooding since 1929.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has described the flood disaster as the worst he has ever witnessed.

In response, AmeriCares has mounted disaster relief efforts including supplying medicines and medical treatments to help flood survivors at risk of deadly cholera.

09 Aug 2010 description
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Pakistan's worst flooding in 80 years has claimed at least 1,600 lives and has left more than 4 million people homeless. AmeriCares has mounted relief efforts, helping deliver lifesaving medicines and medical supplies for survivors in the region.

The medical aid is tailored for conditions common in the aftermath of a flood and will help treat people suffering from severe infections, malaria and dehydration.

24 Aug 2009 description
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Pakistan's Swat Valley has been besieged by brutality since escalating Taliban violence brought about a full blown confrontation with Pakistan's army last spring. Three million people were forced to flee their homes in the neighboring Peshawar Valley. Much of the fighting has recently subsided, but the refugee problem remains. Many families have returned only to find their homes destroyed, others still live in constant fear of the Taliban. Here is one refugee's story as relayed by an AmeriCares relief worker in the field.

24 Aug 2009 description
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Despite a lull in the fighting, Pakistan remains in conflict with Taliban militants. Over three million innocent people fled fighting in the the Swat Valley and throughout the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) earlier this year. Thousands of displaced families still crowd tent cities, refugee camps and temporary housing in neighboring Peshawar.

Many refugees in Pakistan remain fearful and are waiting for the violence to subside completely before they go home. Others have returned only to find rubble and explosive shells where their homes once stood.