The Pakistani flood victims need us!

Over two thousand people have died and over a million homes have been destroyed since the flooding began in Pakistan last July. More than twenty million people are injured or homeless, and at one point, approximately one-fifth of Pakistan’s total land area was underwater.

 

Floods have submerged 17 million acres of Pakistan’s most fertile crop land, have killed 200,000 herd of livestock and have washed away massive amounts of grain. A major concern is that farmers will be unable to meet the fall deadline for planting new seeds in 2010, which implies a massive loss of food production in 2011, and potential long term food shortages.

Pakistan has appealed to international donors for help in responding to the disaster.

Médecins Sans Frontières was in a position to respond immediately due to its long term presence in the country. MSF has deployed 100 international and 1200 Pakistani staff to provide medical care, particularly disease prevention, and resettlement services.

Link: http://www.msf-azg.be/index.php?id=1&L=1

The Red Cross has dispatched food and shelter items for distribution by Pakistan Red Crescent volunteers to tens of thousands of people. Additionally, it has provided medicines and medical supplies to hospitals and health centers enabling Pakistan Red Crescent health-care units to treat thousands of people.,

Link: http://www.icrc.org/eng

Pakistani flood-affected children stand in a queue to get relief food at a food distribution center on the outskirts of Nowshera, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010. Workers piled stones and sandbags to plug leaks in a levee protecting a pair of southern Pakistani cities Monday, as the floods that have destroyed homes, farmland and livelihoods moved slowly toward the sea. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistani displaced by flooding  reach for food aid given by volunteers along main road near Marli, Sindh province, southern Pakistan on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. Floodwaters that have devastated Pakistan  for five weeks headed to the Arabian Sea on Tuesday after swallowing two final towns, but the challenges of delivering emergency aid to 8 million people remained. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

A displaced girl who survived heavy floods stands outside her tent in Nowshera, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010. Workers piled stones and sandbags to plug leaks in a levee protecting a pair of southern Pakistani cities Monday, as the floods that have destroyed homes, farmland and livelihoods moved slowly toward the sea.(AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

An aerial view shows the mudflow surrounding a house as floodwaters recede in some parts of the Rajanpur district of Punjab province, Pakistan on Sunday Sept. 5, 2010. Floodwaters are still swamping rich agricultural land in the southern provinces of Sindh and Punjab weeks after it lashed the country killing about 1,600 and leaving about 20 million people affected by floods. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A displaced Afghan refugee lies over remains of his house washed away by heavy flooding in Azakhel near Peshawar, Pakistan Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. Thousands of  Afghan refugees here are struggling to recover from a double tragedy, seeing their homes across the border engulfed by war and then their refugee camps here demolished by floods. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

A truck passes by one that was toppled along a flooded road in Baseera, Punjab province, Pakistan on Monday  Aug. 23, 2010. Workers piled stones and sandbags to plug leaks in a levee protecting a pair of southern Pakistani cities, as the floods that have destroyed homes, farmland and livelihoods moved slowly toward the sea. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)