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Age UK and our sister charity HelpAge International are helping 1,000 older people and their families affected by the recent flooding in Pakistan.
Since August, heavy monsoon rains have caused flash floods throughout Sindh and Punjab provinces, affecting 5 million people.
More than 230 people have been killed, 1.2 million houses have been destroyed or damaged and 4.5 million acres have been flooded since late last month.
Three months after floods began in Pakistan the DEC is extremely concerned that 99 cases of cholera from across the flood-affected areas of the country have now been publically confirmed for the first time.
The World Health Organisation announced this week (26.10.10) that it was informed by the Pakistan Ministry of Health on 12 October that laboratory tests had shown there were people affected by the disease in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.
Severe diarrhoea has for some time been the most common health problem facing the more than 20 million people affected by the …
The number of people who have died in the monsoon floods has now risen to 1,600 and estimates of those affected stand at almost 14 million.
Despite mass evacuations, there are fears the death toll will rise as flooding reaches the southern province of Sindh and the risk of water-borne disease outbreaks increases in many areas.
Age UK, in partnership with sister organisation opens link in new window HelpAge, is currently responding to the emergency alongside medical aid agency Merlin.
Asma Akbar, Programme Manager for HelpAge in Pakistan:
"We know that older people make up …
Source : Age UK / Help Age International
Age UK, along with sister organisation HelpAge International, is planning to respond to the worst floods in Pakistan in 80 years in partnership with medical aid agency Merlin.
At least 1,100 people have died in the monsoon floods and, according to Unicef, at least 3 million people have been affected, of which 150,000 are likely to be older people.
Many people are having to shelter on the roofs of their houses, and in trees.