Monday, August 16, 2010

1 in 10 Pakistanis affected: 20 million flood victims...

Assalaam Alykum,

Homes, crops, trees, livestock, entire villages and towns have been transformed into lakes, forcing the flood victims to huddle in muddy areas.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday that while he has visited sites of natural disasters around the world, he has never seen anything like the devastation created by flooding in Pakistan.

Please spread the word to your family and friends. Many thanks to the individuals who have donated for this cause. But magnitude of the disaster has surpassed all fears.

After analysis of the situation in Pakistan,

Helping Hand for Relief and Development has raised the appeal to $5 million.

Up to 20 million people -- nearly one in 10 Pakistanis have been affected in some capacity by the floods.

Dr Fozia Aziz, a health coordinator of Helping Hand for Relief and Development in Islamabad, told Al Jazeera there is an urgent need to provide safe drinking water and hygienic conditions to stem the spread of diseases; water-borne bacteria and illness have become a serious concern
"We are conducting a number of medical camps all over Pakistan. Acute diarrhoea cases are among the most common ailments and our health workers are providing proper treatment.

"We are also giving advice to the local communities on measures to be taken to prevent or minimize the spread of disease," Dr. Fozia said, adding that several suspected cases of cholera and malaria have been reported.

Up to 3.5 million children are at high risk of deadly water-borne diseases, such as watery diarrhoea and dysentery," Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Helping Hand for Relief and Development is running medical relief camps in 13 locations and distributing free medication.

$500 provides for 1 week’s supply of medicines. Every day more than 500 patients are receiving treatment and medicines at HHRD’s medical camps.

People are hungry and desperate for help.

$25 food package will feed a family of 6 for 1 week. Food Package includes: Flour, Sugar, Cooking Oil, Rice, Lentils, Biscuits and other basics.

As we are able to break our fast with ample food on our tables, our Muslims brothers and sisters in Pakistan are not so fortunate. Please remember them when opening your fasts this Ramadan.

One-fifth of the country is underwater and 900,000 homes have been damaged. Tents are being provided to help those whose houses have been washed away by the floods.

$100 is the cost to provide shelter to a family.

Keep them in your prayers this blessed month and please donate generously towards helping them in their time of need.


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