ShelterBox is deploying an emergency response team to Pakistan where more than 30 million people have been affected by severe floods. Pakistan has been overwhelmed by severe monsoon rains and flooding; the full scale of the devastation is still unknown.
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The need is massive, and our response is critical. Homes have sunk in flood water or been swept away, livelihoods have been ruined, tens of millions are displaced, and more than 1,000 people have lost their lives.
The Pakistani government response has been overwhelmed - all in-country stock has already been distributed. An additional 1.5 million tents are being requested.
ShelterBox is well-experienced responding to flood-hit areas with over 75 deployments to areas affected by flooding since 2000. In 2010, ShelterBox supported 8,000 households in Baluchistan Province of Pakistan that were affected by flooding.
We are focusing our attention on the most affected areas of Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and Baluchistan.
ShelterBox’s emergency coordinator, Kitty Sadler shares, “Human-induced climate change is increasing the risk of floods globally, putting millions of people at risk and making coastal and low-lying areas more vulnerable. We’re seeing this in Pakistan where, although floods are not uncommon, the scale of what’s unfolding is catastrophic with swathes of the country underwater and unrecognizable. After weeks of flooding the heavy rains are not letting up – homes are being washed away, people are losing their livelihoods, and in too many cases their lives. ShelterBox specializes in emergency shelter aid and we’re already hearing how thousands of mud homes have sunk as swollen rivers burst their banks. With our experience supporting flood-affected communities in Pakistan in 2010, and flood-hit areas across the world, we’re looking to get an assessment team out there as soon as we can to see what we can do to help.”
Responding in countries hit by severe flooding is challenging. Entire communities can become inaccessible for days. When communications go down and roads are blocked it can be hard to reach families who need the most urgent aid and support.
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Thank you,
Bill Tobin, Rotary Relations Manger
ShelterBox USA
Member, Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Ca. D5180