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02 Aug 2010 17:22 GMT
Concern World wide releases €500,000 from its emergency fund to kick-start response. We are also launching an emergency €5 million appeal to deal with the consequences of the largest floods that have hit Pakistan since 1929.
The appeal is seeking emergency funding for desperately needed food, water and shelter. Over 12 inches of rain has fallen in 36 hours causing huge flooding in northwest Pakistan. This has resulted in over one million people becoming homeless.
In the next 48 hours, more water is expected to flow towards Punjab and Sindh provinces, aggravating the devastation.
Since 2001, Concern has been involved in long-term development programmes in four provinces in Pakistan. We have been working in the Swat and Charsadda districts in some of the worst flood-affected provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Punjab. Concern has been conducting assessments with its local partners over the last few days.
We are now responding by providing clean water, food, shelter, mosquito nets, basic hygiene and kitchen items, emergency medical to the most vulnerable families.
Concern has over 50 staff in Pakistan, mostly local staff, and works with nine local partner organisations.
"The Irish and British public have always rallied to help victims of natural disasters and we are asking for the public's urgent help for Pakistan," commented Concern Regional Director, Brid Kennedy. "This is a terrible catastrophe affecting some of the most vulnerable people in the world who are living in dire poverty."
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