Pakistan's Flood Disaster Reaches 'Biblical Proportions'

The UN Estimates that more then 1,500 people are dead as a result of the floods which have affected more than 3 million people, many already displaced by the bombing of the Swat Valley and surrounding areas. It is estimated that at least one-fifth of the country is still under water after three weeks of devastating flood and the situation is getting worst.

"God forbid but I think that in coming days the death toll might reach 3000," said Bilqis Edhi of the Edhi Foundation."
"All the major roads, bridges have been destroyed and so are the police stations, administration buildings, telephone exchange," Hoti said. "Thousands of houses have been razed to the ground by the storm and at least 1 million people have been homeless."Hoti told reporters during his visit to Nowshera.

Fifty-year-old Ajmair Shah went into shock after the floods destroyed his home in Nowshehra. He lay motionless in his hospital bed, staring into the air.

"My house was swept away by the flood, nothing is left there. I have lost everything," he said and started weeping.

People at the camp said there were no proper latrines or bathrooms and that the only respite from the crushing heat was plastic hand fans. Most of them fled in the clothes they were wearing and many children roamed around naked.



"They throw food at us as if we are animals and not humans," one man, Ilyas Khan, told AFP, complaining there was no proper system of distribution.

If you are interested in making a donation to help the victims of the Pakistan floods then please check out the information below:

Outside Pakistan:

Edhi Foundation: Contact Edhi Foundation
British Red Cross: Contact

In Pakistan:

Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network:

For further information please contactNusrat Nasab
Deputy Executive Officer
Focus Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan
Telephone: +92-51 2294024; 2294051 

Fax: +92-51 2294036 

E-mail: nusrat.nasab@focushumanitarian.org  
Salimah Shiraj
Member for Communications and Publications
His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Pakistan
Telephone: + 92-21 35861242
Cellular: +92 300 8218592
E-mail: salimah.shiraj@akcpk.org  

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

PTA in collaboration with telecom industry has started “1234″ SMS service to supplement the efforts of the govt in its rescue and rehabilitation efforts for the flood affected across the country.

The short code 1234 has been activated from all cellular mobile operators platform.  SMS can be sent to 1234 by writing “Fund” which will be charged RS.10/- excluding taxes for contributing to PM flood relief fund 2010 for flood affectees peoples.

The amount collected by “1234″ sms would be deposted to PM’s flood relief fund 2010 for which  a special account has been created in NBP (A/c No. 898989)

People are reqeusted by PTA to send maximum numbers of sms to help their affected brothers in this hour of need.

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