Pakistan - Relief Aid for Flood Victims

The rain started on the 27th of July. At first, people were happy about the rain because it would bring some relief after the heat and crops badly needed the water. However, for eight consecutive days the rain did not stop. The rivers burst their banks and flooded the neighbouring villages and fields, dragging along houses, animals and people. Soon, the floods were considered as the biggest disaster to hit Pakistan in decades. And still, it didn't stop raining... By August 23, 1.539 people had lost their lives in the floods and many are still missing.
The flooding has resulted in destruction, collapse and contamination of water wells and water sources. Outbreaks of acute diarrhea, cholera, scabies and respiratory infection have been reported from all the flood affected areas. The flood-waters have destroyed, damaged or contaminated food supplies. A total of over 20 million people is directly affected by the disaster, lots of them having lost everything - houses, livestock, crops, their families.
HOPE'87 with its Branch Office in Islamabad immediately started rapid needs assessments on July 31st. Right away, over 200 victims in Swat valley (Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the north-west) whose houses were destroyed received emergency food assistance (ready-to-eat food).
With the prompt support from Apotheker helfen e.V. - Hilfswerk der Bayerischen Apotheker more emergency supply could be sent to Pakistan:
- 2 million water purification tablets for the victims in Charsadda arrived at Islamabad airport on Monday, 9th of August
- Cholera kits for about 10.000 people were reaching Islamabad on Monday 9th of August 2010 
- 2,5 tons of high energy biscuits were sent to victims in the Province Punjab
- Malaria medication for the treatment of about 10.800 individuals are expected to arrive in Islamabad in the next days.
On August 23rd, HOPE'87, with funding of the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO) started an emergency intervention for the flood victims. EUR400.000 will be used for activities in the Water and Sanitation secto, especially in the district Charsadda. 29.200 flood victims will be supported with:

  • Non-Food-Items (4.000 water storage equipment, 4.000 hygiene kits) 
  • 8.500 hygiene promotion leaflets and posters for awareness sessions
  • Rehabilitation of 50 local water supply schemes
  • Rehabiliation/construction of 210 latrines

There is an urgent need for more funds as only about 57% of funding requirements set out in the Pakistan Initial Floods Emergency Response Plan (PIFERP) have been covered until today. The victims need your donation now desperately! Please contribute generously!

Bank fuer Arbeit und Wirtschaft (BAWAG), Vienna
account holder: HOPE'87
IBAN AT31 1400 0046 1066 5298 
BIC BAWAATWW 
purpose: Floods in Pakistan 
 
HOW to assist:
Please contact following persons to learn more about how you may be of assistance:
HOPE'87 General Secretariat, Vienna
Robert Ottitsch, Secretary General
Judith Stemerdink-Herret, Director Humanitarian Aid
office@hope87.at
+43 1 982 71 15