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Geneva / Islamabad, 23 September 2014: Today – the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal (PDF doc) to support efforts by the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to provide emergency assistance to communities affected by flooding in northeast Pakistan.
Since the beginning of September, heavy monsoon rains have swelled river systems and caused flooding that has inundated large swathes of the country. Over 300 people have died and around two million have been affected in a disaster that has damaged or destroyed close to 44,000 homes and ruined 1.5 million acres of standing crops.
The IFRC’s 2.9 million Swiss franc appeal (USD 3 million, 2.4 million Euros) will enable the Red Crescent to expand its current operations and reach a total of 32,500 families (227,500 people) across three areas: Punjab province – the food basket of the country; Gilgit Baltistan province and the State of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
So far, the Red Crescent has provided relief assistance to over 37,000 people. The expanded operation has been prompted by the scale of the disaster and the significant immediate and longer-term needs.
Food, safe drinking water, emergency shelter and medical care are the immediate concerns. Rehabilitation and construction of water sources, latrines and homes are also vital for the longer term recovery of affected communities, along with food security and restoration of livelihoods.
“There are significant humanitarian needs to be met and the IFRC is committed to supporting the Pakistan Red Crescent Society in its role as auxiliary to the Government,” said Gorkhmaz Huseynov, the IFRC’s Head of Delegation in Pakistan.
The IFRC has already released funds from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund and is providing technical and in-kind support to the Red Crescent, together with other partners in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement who have a presence in Pakistan.