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The 2010 Pakistan floods began in July 2010
following heavy monsoon rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab
and Balochistan regions of Pakistan. Present estimates indicate that
over two thousand people have died and over a million homes have been
destroyed since the flooding began.The United Nations estimates that
more than 21 million people are injured or homeless as a result of the
flooding, exceeding the combined total of individuals affected by the
2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010
Haiti earthquake. At one point, approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's
total land area was underwater due to the flooding.
ISTSS offers resources for both professionals
and the public who would like to get involved:
Public Education Pamphlets
& Disaster Information
Places to donate:
- American Red Cross seeks to raise $100,000 to aid its Pakistan equivalent —
Pakistan Red Crescent — with teams on the ground providing food,
other relief items and medical care. To donate, go to their website.
- UNICEF is providing
help with water, sanitation, health and nutrition for displaced children
and families. To donate, please click here.
- AmeriCares is sending medical and other aid
to the hardest-hit areas of the flood. Readers can donate through the
- CARE needs donations
for its health teams, mobile clinics and distribution of food, which
will help 100,000 flood victims. To donate, go to their website.
- Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans
Frontieres is providing water,
sanitation help, hygiene kits, cooking utensils and other items to
Pakistanis. Doctors Without Borders has also prepared itself to care for
patients in case of cholera outbreaks. To donate to Doctors Without
Borders, give to its emergency fund.
- The International Rescue Committee, founded by
Albert Einstein in 1933, is on the ground assessing
the disaster, planning to make clean water accessible and to provide
shelter to people who have lost their homes. To donate to the IRC's
efforts in Pakistan, click here.
- The International Medical Corps (IMC) has sent
mobile medical teams of doctors and paramedics to assist victims in the
hardest hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in the northwest. To
make a donation to the Santa Monica, Calif. based organization, founded
by a UCLA doctor, go to the IMC website. The organization is also seeking
doctors, nurses and trained professionals from a wide variety of fields.
For more information and to volunteer, visit the Corps' website.
- Save the Children, dedicated to helping
children worldwide, is already providing medical care, food and shelter
kits. To donate to its Pakistan efforts, click here.
- Mercy Corps' Pakistan Emergency Fund supports Mercy Corps workers with their efforts in helping
displaced families in the hard-hit Swat Valley. Visit the Mercy Corps website to donate to the Pakistan Emergency
- Oxfam hopes to reach
400,000 people affected by the devastating floods, supplying clean water
and preventing the spread of waterborne disease. To support Oxfam's
efforts, go to the Oxfam America website. Those outside the U.S. can
donate to its UK emergency relief fund for Pakistan.
- The World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger, is
supplying food to the tens of thousands affected by the floods. To
donate, visit the WFP website.
- Islamic Relief Worldwide, a relief organization based in Birmingham, England, has
launched a £2 million (or $3.2 million USD) appeal to deliver clean
water, food and health care. You can donate here.
- BRAC has temporarily halted its
normal operations in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to provide relief work. Due to
the acute food shortage, BRAC Pakisan has begun to deliver food packets
containing such items at rice, lentils, flour and water purification
tables. In the immediate future, the team will also be distributing Oral
Rehydration Salts (ORS) and sending out a medical team to begin
assessing health needs. To donate, click