Press Release-Pakistan Floods Appeal

    Thursday 26th of August 2010 Pakistan Floods Appeal

    No one statistic can quite capture the enormity and magnitude of the disaster that has befallen our brothers and sisters in Pakistan.

    Over 1,600 people are thought to have already been killed with as many as 1.2 million homes destroyed as a result of the flooding. It is thought that as much as a fifth of the total land mass of Pakistan has been impacted by the rain.

    Perhaps the one statistic that comes close to emphasising the severity of this catastrophe is that as many as 20 million people have been directly affected by this natural disaster.

    As the United Nations described recently, this crisis has affected more people than those that suffered as a result of the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, Cyclone Nargis, in 2007, and the earthquakes that have hit Kashmir and Haiti in recent years.

    The rains continue, no let-up just yet, it seems, for the people of this nation. The situation began with unusually heavy monsoons that swept in from the North West of the country. As the infrastructure of Pakistan struggled to cope, the potential consequences became clear.

    With the rains, have come the floods, devastating the very land upon which very many of these humble people, many of them from farming communities, rely on for their livelihoods.

    This disaster, the worst in the region for over 80 years, has decimated towns and villages. It has wreaked havoc upon families who have been forced to leave behind ancestral homes with little more than a handful of possessions in a bid to escape the rising water levels and seek refuge in many of the overwhelmed aid camps around the country.

    Ummah Welfare Trust (Charity Reg. 1000851) has been responding to the emergency crisis since day 1. We have launched a £4 Million Appeal and so far have received £1.6M of donations. Over £700,000 has already been spent on our 1st phase emergency response.

    Muhammad Idrees, the chairman of the trust who is currently on the ground overseeing our relief operations, told reporters that the situation is much worse. There are children dying every day due to starvation and disease. Women are giving birth in tents without any medication or medical assistance.

    As Part of our 1st phase emergency relief programme UWT is carrying out the following projects:-
    • Operating 6 Medical Clinics treating over 2000 patients a day. • Providing cooked food to 5000 people a day. • Operating 7 Tent Villages benefiting over a 1000 families. • Distributed thousands of Emergency aid packs and food packs to those who are affected.

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