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27 Sep 2011 description
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 — Gori Bibi was fast asleep in her home in Badin district in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh when she suddenly awoke, soaking wet. Rising from her bed, she found her house surrounded by water which was rising rapidly. She quickly woke her husband and nine children and they escaped the floodwaters with just the clothes they had on.

27 Sep 2011 description
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In July 2010, heavy monsoon rains began to sweep through large areas of Pakistan, pummeling the country for months. As the rains continued, they caused unprecedented floods that submerged homes, roads and cropland, impacting more than 20 million people across 70 percent of the country.

16 Aug 2011 description
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Millions are again vulnerable to flooding this monsoon season

By Claire Babilonia, American Red Cross

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 —

One year after unprecedented monsoon floods swept through Pakistan, millions of people continue to live in makeshift shelters vulnerable and exposed to the threat of further flooding during the current storm season.

“Many families have not yet had the chance to rebuild their homes,” said Nilofar Bakhtiar of the Pakistan Red Crescent. “It will not take a lot of rain this year to leave them in a very precarious situation.”

17 Aug 2010 description
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Financial support and relief supplies totaling $1 million sent to help flood-affected communities

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - As flood waters threaten to engulf new communities in the south of Pakistan, the American Red Cross is increasing its support to $1 million to help families affected by the worst flooding in that country in more than 80 years.

"The extent of the devastation is massive, with the Pakistan government now estimating 20 million people are significantly affected by the floods," says David Meltzer, senior vice president of international services …

03 Dec 2009 description

450 deaths a day is still too many - stalled momentum puts millions more children at risk

ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - The Measles Initiative announced today that measles deaths worldwide fell by 78% between 2000 and 2008, from an estimated 733 000 in 2000 to 164 000 in 2008. However, global immunization experts warn of a resurgence in measles deaths if vaccination efforts are not sustained.

All regions, with the exception of one, have achieved the United Nations goal of reducing measles mortality by 90% from 2000 to 2010, two years ahead of target.

19 Aug 2009 description
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Shortly after a nine-story garment factory collapsed outside Dhaka, Bangladesh after a boiler exploded in the basement, rescuers were able to save 85 people and remove 61 dead.(1) Thanks to training and equipment these rescuers received through the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER), lives were saved.

PEER, a program supported by the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance under the Agency for International Development, began in 1998, focusing on disaster preparedness in four Asian countries.

"In the face of climate change, urbanization, environmental …

04 Dec 2008 description

Joint News Release WHO/UNICEF/American Red Cross/CDC/UN Foundation


The Eastern Mediterranean region achieves measles goal three years early

ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - Measles deaths worldwide fell by 74% between 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750 000 to 197 000.

10 Aug 2007 description
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By Eric Porterfield , National Headquarters

Friday, August 10, 2007 - As flood waters swept through villages in southern Pakistan, families were forced to flee their homes, taking only what they could carry. In the district of Qubo Sayeed Khan, one of the worst hit areas, approximately 35,000 people evacuated to a nearby road.

06 Oct 2006 description
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Mary Ross and Angel Hristov , Special to Redcross.org

Friday, October 06, 2006 - One year after a devastating earthquake struck Pakistan, Red Cross and Red Crescent response operations are shifting focus beyond emergency relief efforts to include extensive, longer-term recovery assistance - aiding the earthquake's most vulnerable survivors, particularly women and children, in the earthquake-prone and mountainous region.

On Oct.

22 Sep 2006 description
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Written by Amanda Mark , staff, Redcross.org

Friday, September 22, 2006 - WASHINGTON , D.C.

15 Nov 2005 description
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Carol J. Miller , Special to Redcross.org

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - American Red Cross international relief worker Jim Stephenson arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov.

04 Nov 2005 description
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Millions of earthquake survivors still homeless

Written by Amanda Mark , staff, RedCross.org

Nearly one month after the Oct. 8 earthquake left almost 3 million homeless near the Kashmir region on the border of Pakistan and India, Red Cross relief workers race against the weather and terrain to reach the injured, ill and those who are most vulnerable in the remote mountainous communities of this southern Asia region.

The American Red Cross is partnering with its sister societies and the international Red Cross movement to provide desperately needed aid in the region.

21 Oct 2005 description
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Disaster Overview

As of Oct. 21, 2005, the 7.6 earthquake that struck the region bordering Pakistan, northern India, and Afghanistan early on Saturday, Oct. 8, is estimated to have killed at least 40,000, injured more than 65,000 and left 3.3 million homeless with figures expected to rise. The disaster response effort has been enormous, but it faces immense challenges as well as overwhelming and immediate needs.

09 Oct 2005 description
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Written by Amanda Mark , Staff Writer, American Red Cross

Sunday, October 09, 2005 — Yesterday, a powerful earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck the region bordering Pakistan, northern India, and Afghanistan at 9 a.m. local time. This devastating quake is estimated to be responsible for at least 18,000 deaths in southern Asia – and the death toll may be as high as 30,000 according to local officials.

Additionally, government officials in Pakistan report that at least 42,000 may be injured and some 4 million may be left without shelter in their country.

12 Oct 2001 description
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Written by Stephanie Kriner, Staff Writer, RedCross.org

08 Oct 2001 description
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As U.S. and British forces launched airstrikes at terrorist training camps and military targets throughout Afghanistan Sunday, aid groups stepped up humanitarian efforts to help millions of Afghan refugees throughout the region. Many relief efforts had begun in anticipation of Operation Enduring Freedom.

27 Sep 2001 description
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Written by Stephanie Kriner, Staff Writer, RedCross.org