Since early June, heavy rains and typhoons have caused serious flooding and landslides in South Asia. Among the most severely affected countries are Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and India. By the 14th of December, 73.9 million people were affected, about 156,000 families were displaced and more than 2 million houses were completely destroyed or damaged. The death toll has risen to 5,000 people, while 650 people have been injured.
The Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) launched a fund raising appeal for the South Asia Flood Relief on 13 August 2007. With the generous donations from the public, to date, HKRC has mobilized approximately HK$1.6 million in support of relief operation in Bangladesh and Pakistan. The HKSAR Government Disaster Relief Fund has also approved a grant of HK$1.2 million for relief operation in Nepal.
Red Cross Red Crescent Actions
- The health, water and sanitation activities conducted by the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), with the International Red Cross' support had been completed by the end of November.
- The mobile health teams have provided medical assistance to about 53,700 patients.
- The distribution of 18,000 non-food and 9,000 shelter items were expected to be completed by the middle of November.
- The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) has provided one-month food packages and non-food relief items (NFRI) to 33,400 and 49,700 families respectively.
- As the prevalence of flood-related diseases have reduced, BDRCS mobile medical teams are no longer required in the flood affected areas.
- 45 water systems have been restored and 10 newly installed. 400 latrines have been erected, which gives approximately 8,000 people access to safe water and facilities for safe hygiene practices.
- Seeds of winter crops such as wheat and vegetables are being distributed.
- The distribution of non-food relief items (NFRI) kits which were supported by the HKSAR Government will be completed by the end of January 2008.
- Non-food family packages were given to over 21,900 families and water purifying liquids were distributed to more than 31,000 families by the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS).
- In addition, over 33,600 families each received a tarpaulin.
- The International Red Cross allocated HKD1.6 million to the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) partly for the replenishment of stocks (non-food family packs) to the regional warehouse. The delivery of the stocks will be completed in mid-January 2008.
- Additionally, the IRCS mobilized its own resources to distribute non-food family packs to 12 affected states in the country.
The Hong Kong Red Cross would like to express profound gratitude to the public for their generosity. We will continue to implement Disaster Preparedness Projects in the rural communities of South Asia in order to ensure that the impacts of natural disasters are significantly reduced in the future.
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