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Rafiqul Islam is the British Red Cross’ delegate in Pakistan. Rafiqul works with the Pakistan Red Crescent and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to co-ordinate our support to Pakistan.
By Ellie Matthews
The 2010 Pakistan floods were the worst floods to hit the country in 80 years. Two years ago today, the British Red Cross launched its Pakistan Floods Appeal. Our appeal, plus money drawn from the Disasters Emergency Committee and the Department for International Development, raised a total of £13.5 million.
As well as supporting relief work, this money continues to support recovery projects.
In southern Pakistan, stagnant floodwaters are creating breeding grounds for waterborne diseases, and the threat of malaria, diarrhoea, cholera and skin infections looms for thousands of people.
Charlie Ashley, British Red Cross representative in Pakistan, reports back on the current floods situation:
Friday 16 September
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5.3million people affected; over 300,000 in relief camps; around 1.2 million homes damaged or destroyed
Some areas under 5 feet of water
British Red Cross pre-positioned aid helping alleviate flood distress
New footage available – see end of release
Over five million people have been affected as monsoon floods have brought flash flooding to areas of southern Pakistan.
In Pakistan, as heavy rains and floods are causing widespread destruction to homes, livelihoods and agricultural land, the Red Cross is helping with supplies, healthcare and sanitation.
So far, the south Asia monsoon season has affected 16 million people and is causing massive displacement of populations across Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Nepal. In Pakistan, it is the second year running that millions have had to flee their homes.
One year on from Pakistan’s worst floods in 80 years, around 12 million people are still struggling to survive without any sustained means of income.
Pakistan is still suffering. The scale of the disaster, which began at the end of July 2010, was huge: one fifth of the country was submerged in water and a staggering 20 million people were affected.
By Katrina Crew
Every year, nearly two million children die from preventable diseases. Pneumonia and diarrhoea (rotavirus) are the two biggest killers, responsible for around 40 per cent of childhood deaths. A simple vaccine could save many of those children’s lives.
Today, donors and representatives from governments and aid agencies are meeting in London to find ways of funding a global immunisation campaign that would make new vaccines available for the world’s poorest children.
Six months after the floods in Pakistan began, millions of people remain homeless and in need of emergency aid.
More than four million people are without adequate shelter and millions more are in need of food and other aid, with flood waters still engulfing large areas in Sindh province in the south.
"It is a miserable situation and a disaster which is continuing to unfold," said Sir Nick Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross. "I visited Pakistan last week, and vast swathes of land are still flooded preventing people from returning home.
By Sarah Oughton
November 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm
How do you measure misery? It's a question that makes me uncomfortable although the fact is my job involves portraying the suffering of survivors of disasters. The more successful I am at this the more I help raise money to alleviate some of their pain. But with Pakistan I feel I have failed.
Last month, I got a chance to ditch my day job as a writer and actually go to Pakistan to help with the distribution of food and other relief goods.
British Red Cross logistics specialists are helping over 90,000 people a week receive relief items and food in southern Pakistan, and they're continuing to find ways to get life-saving items to families more quickly.
Logistics officer Claire Durham, who recently returned from Pakistan after training local people to help …
With public health remaining one of the biggest threats to survivors of Pakistan's floods, the British Red Cross deployed a team of sanitation and hygiene specialists to hard-hit Sindh province on 28 September.
Malaria is reported to be endemic in 36 of the 77 areas affected by the floods and suspected malaria cases are rising in Baluchistan and Sindh provinces.
In the aftermath of Pakistan's 'super flood', which has affected more than 18 million people - that's one in every eight - the consequences of this disaster continue to unfold.
The monsoon rains that began in July caused the worst flooding in Pakistan in 80 years, killing more than 1,700 people and leaving millions without homes or the means to make a living.
A team of British Red Cross logistics specialists has arrived in Pakistan to help co-ordinate the arrival of aid so it can be delivered to those most in need.
As floodwaters further inundate the low-lying southern provinces of the Punjab and Sindh, and an increasing number of people require assistance, the team of four will be working to speed up the delivery of aid into the worst-hit areas.
Flying out last night, the team is heading to the devastated province of Sindh in southern Pakistan.
16 August 2010
The Red Cross will increase its relief operation in Pakistan five-fold, to reach more than two million people with aid in the coming months.
Severe flooding in Pakistan has now affected around 14 million people, with nearly 900,000 homes damaged or destroyed. As much as 50 per cent of the country has been inundated with floodwater, causing loss of crops and livestock.
Monsoon rains could continue for another month, worsening the existing flooding and affecting new areas, particularly in the south of the country.
Damage to infrastructure and …
The toll from Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years continues to climb, with official sources putting the number of dead at more than 1,500, with 80,000 homes damaged. The United Nations estimates that more than 4 million people have been affected by the floods.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has already reached around 50,000 people with aid.
Tuesday 3 August 2010
- Massive scale up needed to address logistical challenges
- Critical issues include shelter and sanitation as further rains are expected
Heavy monsoon rains forecast for the worst affected regions of Pakistan over the next few days are threatening to exacerbate an already serious situation, says the British Red Cross. With vital bridges, roads and communications links destroyed, and with many people trapped on higher ground, the challenges are immense.
David Peppiatt, British Red Cross head of international, said:
"The response to these floods …
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.
At least one million people have been affected, and the rains are expected to worsen this week.
Pete Garratt, …
As the volatile situation in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province continues, the Red Cross has helped around one million people recover from the devastating earthquake which struck the area on 8 October 2005.
The recent escalation of fighting caused more than two million people to flee their homes - making this the largest displacement of people worldwide for 15 years. And just four years ago, an earthquake, which severely affected Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), killed more than 73,000 people, leaving more than 3.5 million homeless.
With the economy severely disrupted and houses damaged or destroyed, there are massive challenges ahead for displaced people in Pakistan as they begin returning home.
More than 2 million people fled their homes during the recent fighting - making this the largest displacement of people worldwide for 15 years.
The security situation remains volatile in parts of the North-West Frontier Province and many families are likely to face hardship as they return.