Intense floods have hit Pakistan. Hundreds have died, millions lost their homes and belongings in what anticipated as heaviest floods in history of Pakistan.
Chowrangi has compiled a list of events and how we can assist those who are affected by the floods in Pakistan.
Flood death toll rises to
800 1300 3,000 with more than 20 million Pakistanis displaced by what considered as the deadliest floods in the region since 1929.
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Flood Relief Work Update (link here)
- Japan has pledged an additional sum of up to 10 million dollars in emergency aid to flood-ravaged Pakistan, following pleas for help from Islamabad and the United Nations. [Times of India]
- The World Bank pledged $900 million in financial support for Pakistan to cope with floods. The money will come from the Bank’s International Development Association partly by reallocating undisbursed funds from ongoing projects.
The World Bank didn’t give details of the aid beyond a $1.3 million grant and $10 million to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority. [Bloomberg]
- U.S. Accelerates Flood Relief Assistance: In response to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority’s specific request for the following assistance, the U.S. is providing;
Four Zodiac inflatable rescue boats, which are designed and built for lightness and speed on rapidly flowing waters;
Two water filtration units, which provide pumping, purification, storage and distribution. Each unit can fulfill the daily water requirements of up to 10,000 people;
An initial delivery of more than 50,000 halal meals from U.S. supply depots in the region. The meals are being delivered to Pakistan’s military for distribution in flood-stricken areas. In addition, arrangements are being made to deliver more halal meals to Pakistan in the coming days;
Twelve pre-fabricated steel bridges that can temporarily replace highway bridges damaged by flooding in Peshawar and Kurram Agency. The Provincial Government and Pakistan’s military are coordinating their efforts to ensure the use of these bridges.
The MOI 50th Squadron has been able to rescue more than 400 people isolated by the flood waters. Food and water also has been ferried to people still not able to leave the flood areas. [Press Release]
- Pakistan asks for US Chinooks: Pakistani and U.S. officials confirmed to CBS News’ Farhan Bokhari that Pakistan’s federal government was urgently seeking the deployment of U.S. Chinook helicopters to help with flood relief work in the northwest, where floods have killed up to 1,200 people.
Chinooks – massive, heavy-lift helicopters – are in particularly high demand because the flooding has destroyed as many as 100 bridges in the region, making it impossible to move the massive amount of relief supplies needed into the affected areas, and the huge numbers of victims out.
The last time the U.S. was asked to deploy Chinooks in Pakistan was in the wake of the devastating earthquake in 2005 which left some 70,000 people dead. Bokhari says there are suggestions already that the damages to Pakistan’s infrastructure due to the flooding could be comparable to the quake, even if the death toll isn’t nearly as high.
CBS News correspondent Richard Roth reports that Chinooks are far more than useful emergency relief equipment – the twin-rotor copter is a powerful political symbol of U.S. good will. Days after the 2005 earthquake, eight of the American helicopters were moved from war-on-terror duty in Afghanistan to assist in earthquake relief. [CBS News]
- The Indonesian government plans on Thursday to send a shipment of relief aid for flood victims in Pakistan.
The aid will be transported to Pakistan aboard a cargo plane, Disaster Mitigation Agency official Soetrisno said Wednesday.
A team comprising 20 health and logistics personnel will travel to Pakistan to deliver the aid, which will include 4,000 blankets, 500 cans of food, 3 tons of medicine, and 5 tons of infant food.
The government is also scheduled to dispatch an advance team comprising four members. [Jakarta Post]
- Japan to help Pakistan’s flood affected areas in the form of relief goods and a grant worth $3.2 million. [Dawn]
- 400,000 people stranded in various northwestern villages: “A rescue operation using helicopters cannot be conducted due to bad weather, while there are only 48 rescue boats available for carrying out relief activities,” Kyber Pakthunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar said.
The Karakoram Highway was also closed as rains washed away a bridge in Shangla, cutting off Gilgit-Baltistan from other parts of the country. [Daily Times]
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the cost of damage from floods was not clear. Rescuers were using army helicopters, heavy trucks and boats to reach flood-hit areas.[AP]