"This disaster is worse than the tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the Haiti earthquake,” said a UN spokesman. This week, fuelled by more monsoon rains, flood waters have surged south through the country on their way to the Arabian Sea, leaving a trail of devastation.
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"This disaster is worse than the tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the Haiti earthquake,” said a UN spokesman.This week, fuelled by more monsoon rains, flood waters have surged south through the country on their way to the Arabian Sea, leaving a trail of devastation.
So far, at least 1,600 people have been killed.A massive 14 million people have been affected – equal to the combined populations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
This 14 million is made up of individuals such as Umer Hazrat (right). His wife and five children were fast asleep when the floods came. They only just escaped with their lives. ‘I lost my house, my two goats and two cows, and my crops. But I am thankful to God that my family is alive,’ says Umer Hazrat.
Tearfund has been working with Pakistani communities since 1975. With our local partners, we are responding to this disaster. Our partner SSEWA-Pak is urgently increasing emergency aid distributions to help as many people as possible…
SSEWA-Pak have already distributed aid packages to around 8,000 people such as Umer Hazrat.
Their work continues – in the coming days they will reach another 6,000 people.
Emergency packages include food, health and hygiene kits, and tarpaulins for emergency shelter.
A prayer for PakistanLord God,
We ask that those suffering because of the Pakistan floods will find hope and comfort in you. And that those responding to this disaster will be sustained by your love. As part of your worldwide church, we ask these things in Jesus’ name,
To find out more, and to donate to Tearfund’s Pakistan Floods Appeal, visitwww.tearfund.org/pakistanTearfund is raising money for the DEC Appeal – 13 aid agencies working together at times of disasters and emergencies. You can donate online
at www.dec.org.uk Thank you for being part of a miracle.
Cover photo: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro courtesy www.alertnet.orgAll other photos: Ashraf Mall/Tearfund