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Mr. Palein is a Christian living in Malik Ibrahim, a poor village in the Rahim Yar Khan District of Punjab Province. He lived in a house of two rooms with his wife, three sons, two daughters-in-law, and a grandchild. Family income was generated by a tire shop; with this income Mr. Palein rented 20 acres of land on which he grew and harvested two crops: cotton from May to October, and wheat from November to April.
On the 12th of August at 2:00 AM everything changed. Malik Ibrahim flooded, despite being 30 km from the river. Water surged into the Palein's house as Mr.
CRWRC Newsroom | October 14, 2010
The fields of Rahim Yar Khan, on the bank of the River Sindh in the Punjab province of Pakistan, will not dry for another month. The winter wheat plantings have not yet occurred, and if the water does not recede sufficiently by November 15th, it will not be possible to plant. This will mean food shortages in the spring for families who have already lost their homes and all their worldly possessions to recent floods. Many in the Rahim Yar Khan district had yet to be reached by humanitarian assistance...
The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee's disaster response in Pakistan is augmented this week by the presence of Jacob Kramer, who arrived there on September 5th. Formerly the Director of Disaster Response & Rehabilitation for CRWRC, Kramer is now stepping forward in a volunteer capacity, bringing his many years of experience to the work of ensuring that sound financial and reporting systems are in place, as well as monitoring the progress of emergency food aid and relief in the form of non-food items.
CRWRC is scaling up operations in flood-ravaged Pakistan thanks to the support of individuals from across North America and new support from Disaster Aid Canada.
Many of the 20 million people affected by floods in Pakistan have yet to receive aid. This is due in large part to complexities on the ground, such as roads being cut off, as well as the underfunding of many international relief operations.
Wayne de Jong, Director Disaster Response and Rehabilitation, 905-336-2920 x240, or cell 905-515-1720
Beth DeGraff, CRWRC Media Contact, 1-800-55-CRWRC, x4191 or cell 616-648-7821
AUGUST 11, 2010-CRWRC is increasing its response to ongoing flooding in Pakistan to $2.3 million as intense rain and widespread floods continue to deluge the densely populated country from north to south.
AUGUST 3, 2010--CRWRC is responding to widespread devastation in Northwest Pakistan resulting from weeks of extensive rains that have caused mudslides, collapsed buildings, and covered entire villages in water and mud.
Over two million people have fled their homes as the Pakistani government continues its purge of Taliban rebels in Northwest Pakistan.
CRWRC continues its aid to the homeless and needy in Pakistan with $500,000 in food aid through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Two thousand families (approximately 14,000 people) living in internally displaced person (IDP) camps in the Swabi district of North West Frontier Province, Pakistan will receive 708 metric tons of lentils, oil, fortified wheat flour, sugar, iodized salt, and chilli powder.
The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee is assisting some of the millions of Pakistani civilians who are being displaced by increased government assaults on Taliban militants in the last month. Over the weekend, Pakistan's government urged civilians to continue to leave areas where fighting is ongoing according to Al Jazeera reports early today.
CRWRC (www.crwrc.org), an international faith-based relief and development organization based in the U.S.
CRWRC is helping 2,000 displaced persons find relief from thirst, exhaustion, and threats of malaria imposed by harsh military conflict in northwest Pakistan near the Afghanistan border.
Mosquito nets, sleeping mats, and water containers are to be distributed among people living in internally displaced person (IDP) camps in Mansoor town, Swabi province since the Pakistani military began its purge of Taliban rebel forces throughout Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) late last year.
Pakistanis under open sky, asking for relief
As international aid organizationshurry to respond,flood survivors in Pakistanare in need of shelter, food, medicine, blankets, and daily necessities.Today's reports of the country's unsettled political state surrounding national elections adds to thealready uncertain and difficult situationof millions of Pakistani people.
In mid-June, Cyclone Yemyin battered the Southwest coast of Pakistan along theGulf of Oman, leaving 1.5 million homeless.
Kristen DeRoo VanderBerg
CRWRC is responding to the United Nations' call to help feed 1.5 million Pakistanis who were left homeless, hungry and without clean water after Cyclone Yemyin. Plans are also underway to respond to on-going flooding in India, and Bangladesh where millions more have been affected.
"Pakistan is getting inundated with rains on top of Cyclone Yemyin that hit the coast June 23 and 24th," said CRWRC Relief Program Manager, Grace Wiebe.
Stephanie Tombari, CRWRC Communications
BURLINGTON, ON - The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) an agency benchmarked by the United Nations for its integrated approach to disaster relief, is seeking USD$250,000 in aid for those hard hit by Saturday's earthquake in that claimed a reported 35,000 lives in Pakistan and India.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH - Two days after a 7.6-magnitude quake, the death toll in South Asia continues to mount. Assurvivors struggle cope, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is coming alongsidethem to develop a plan that will put the love of Christ into action.