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AN APPEAL TO HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE DEVASTATING FLOODS IN PAKISTAN

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Pakistan is facing the worst floods in its history due to the heaviest monsoon rains seen the country for more than 80 years. An estimated 3.2 million people have been affected across the country including an estimated 1.4 million children. At least 35 districts in Pakistan have been severely affected by the floods, affecting the lives of an estimated 1.5 million people, while nine other districts have been moderately affected. Some 2200 people are reported dead, with this number likely to rise as the waters recede. This new disaster comes in the wake of the IDP emergency caused earlier this year; nearly 1.3 million persons were already displaced because of the conflict, while 1.9 million had returned to their native areas.

In Balochistan Province more than 10 districts have been affected by floods, an estimated 2.5 million people have been affected. Reports of damage are extensive, including widespread damage to infrastructure, water and sanitation services, crops and agricultural production, as well as social services including hundreds of clinics and schools. According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), an estimated 200,000 people have been displaced due to the flooding.

As you know, more than 2200 people have been killed thus far and over 30 million people affected by the worst floods in Pakistan in living memory. It will take time, perseverance and serious efforts to begin to help the affected communities. I am sure you must be following the horrifying news of the floods and this is perhaps the first time when the entire country is affected by this calamity

The worst floods on record in Pakistan are placing the health of hundreds of thousands of people at risk, with a high threat of water-borne disease outbreaks and immense damage to health facilities.