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Humanity First Mobilized; Distributing Supplies in Support of Pakistan Flood Relief Efforts

August 11, 2010

Maurizio Giuliano, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said: "This disaster is worse than the tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, and the Haiti earthquake."

According to the latest OCHA reports, Government of Pakistan estimate that over 14 million people have been affected by the floods so far and are in need of humanitarian assistance. The affected areas run from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the north to Sindh in the south in a region over 650 miles long. Many flood affected areas are still inaccessible due to high damage to infrastructure from rising floodwater and landslides. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province alone, some 281 bridges and 283 roads have been affected. In Sindh and Punjab many breaches at rivers and canals has been reported that devastated thousands of towns and villages.

The latest UN briefing presented the distribution of affected population as follows: Punjab (8 million), Khyber Pakhthunkhwa (4.7 million), Sindh (1 million), Balochistan (273,000), other (32,000). The figures are expected to be even higher as the assessment continues.

What Humanity First is Doing:

Humanity First Pakistan with support from other international Humanity First establishments is working around the clock to distribute relief supplies in the affected population in the following categories of immediate need:

(a) Food
(b) Health/Medical
(c) Shelter (tents, etc)
(d) Non Food Items (NFIs) like cots, blankets, kitchen supplies, etc.
(e) Water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH)

So far, Humanity First has distributed more than $80,000 worth of Health/Medical, Shelter/ NFIs and WASH supplies in two consignments to Dera Ismail Khan, Taunsa, Dera Ghazi Khan and Muzaffargarh. The first consignment of relief supplies was dispatched on August 7, 2010 and another one on August 8, 2010. Humanity First team is also sending a third consignment of four hundred and fifty thousand  non perishable meals in family packs that would feed more than 1 thousand families for at least a month. Humanity First Pakistan is aggressively procuring supplies and collecting in kind donations locally and will continue to dispatch relief supplies in the coming days and weeks.

How You Can Help:

Please donate generously.

  • Your donation of $50 will provide a family of five with a two-week supply of non perishable dry food and drinking water supply.
  • Your donation of $100 will provide a family of five with a four-week supply of non perishable dry food and drinking water supply.
    OR
    Your donation of $100 will provide a family of five with a shelter with essential non food items.
  • Your donation of $200 will provide a family of five with a four-week supply of non perishable dry food, drinking water supply, and a shelter with essential non food items.

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