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(August 27, 2010 - OTTAWA) The Canadian Red Cross is deeply concerned about the escalating health crisis caused by the floods in Pakistan. With over six million people in need of immediate assistance, including food, medicine, nutrition and clean drinking water, the risk of epidemic is high.
Presently over three million children are at high risk of suffering from malnutrition and water-borne diseases, including diarrhea, dysentery and malaria. According to the Indus Institute for Research and Education, 13 thousand pregnant women are settled in relief camps in Sukkur.
(August 23, 2010 - Ottawa) The Canadian Red Cross applauds the Government of Canada's announcement of a matching fund for Pakistan flood relief. This fund will match all Canadian donations dollar for dollar and will allow the Canadian Red Cross to reach thousands of more flood survivors in affected communities.
"The destruction in Pakistan is devastating," says Conrad Sauvé, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross.
(Ottawa, August 20, 2010) - The Canadian Red Cross is pleased to announce that nine banks in Canada are accepting cash donations in support of Red Cross relief efforts in Pakistan. Over 20 million people have been left devastated as the worst disaster the world has seen in a decade wreaks havoc across the country.
"The scale of this disaster is unimaginable," says Conrad Sauvé, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. "We urgently need more support to meet the overwhelming humanitarian needs in Pakistan.
(August 17, 2010 - Toronto) As a collaborative effort, the Canadian Red Cross, along with the Canadian International Development Agency, has deployed $1 million of emergency supplies to the flood affected communities in Pakistan. Once in Pakistan, the stocks will be distributed by local volunteers through the Red Cross Red Crescent network.
"Meeting the humanitarian needs of a disaster of this magnitude requires a massive and well-coordinated response," says Hossam Elsharkawi, director of emergencies and recovery with the Canadian Red Cross.
(August 13, 2010 - OTTAWA) The Canadian Red Cross is ramping up relief efforts in flood ravaged Pakistan. A Red Cross distribution planned for Sunday will put much-needed emergency supplies into the hands of 400 families in the Swat valley. The supplies, funded by Canadian donations, will include tents, blankets and hygiene kits.
"With over 14 million people affected and the numbers still climbing this disaster is the worst in Pakistan's history," says Hossam Elsharkawi director of emergencies and recovery with the Canadian Red Cross.
(Ottawa - October 4, 2007) Recovery and reconstruction continue to progress for the people of northern Pakistan two years after the devastating earthquake, which killed more than 73,000 people and made over 3.5 million homeless.
The primary focus of recovery is improving the resilience of communities, according to Azmat Ulla, head of the Pakistan operations for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
"Whether it be hygiene promotion activities to communities in Balakot or training for the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) national disaster …
Ottawa, ON - October 3, 2006 - Tens of thousands of people are facing a difficult second winter following the devastating 2005 earthquake that killed more than 73,000 people and made over 3.5 million homeless in northern Pakistan last October 8. Recent landslides and flooding have further worsened the situation for many quake survivors.
(Ottawa - April 7, 2006) Six months after the deadly earthquake that rocked Northern Pakistan, the Canadian Red Cross continues to stress the importance of ensuring that local populations spearhead the reconstruction effort.
From his helicopter window, Dr. Pierre Duplessis says it was almost as if nothing had happened. "It's a vivid contrast because nature is so beautiful in Pakistan. But then suddenly the helicopter lands and it starts; you see the devastation all around."
by Yunhong Zhang, Canadian Red Cross East Asia Program Manager
By Shehryar Sarwar, Canadian Red Cross relief worker in Pakistan
(Ottawa, October 14, 2005) -- Shehryar Sarwar, a Canadian Red Cross worker from Ottawa left early today for the quake zone in Pakistan to carry out a two-week assessment mission for the Canadian Red Cross. Mr.
(Ottawa, October 9, 2005) - The Canadian Red Cross is appealing for cash donations to support relief efforts following yesterday's earthquake that devastated parts of Pakistan and India. Funds raised will help provide the survivors of the disaster with food, shelter, first aid, basic health care and medical supplies.
The quake with a 7.6 magnitude on the Richter scale severely affected Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the North West Frontier Province along with Indian-administered Kashmir.