Last weeks devastating catastrophe began after torrential rains hit Northwestern Pakistan causing severe flooding, destroying dams, roads, schools, food supplies, and homes in towns and villages.
The already dire situation is likely to worsen as more heavy rains are predicted and the ravaging flood waters move south into Southern Punjab and Sindh.
According to UNICEF Spokesman Abdul Sami Mali, more than 3 million people have been affected: 1.3 million people were several impacted by the floods, loosing homes and livelihoods;Â and more than 1,400 have died. This toll is expected to rise.
According to the BBC this is the worst monsoon season in recent history. The torrential rains have washed away thousands of homes, schools, businesses, government buildings, acres of crops, livestock, bridges, roads and whole villages have been been destroyed.
A number of local and international relief organization have mobilized emergency and humanitarian aid to the region. Aid consists of: Tents, Blankets, Drinking Water, Food, Rations, Medicine, Medical Supplies, Clothing, and rescue equipment.
“Our greatest concern right now is that people’s supplies of drinking water have been contaminated by the flood waters,” said the International Rescue Committee’s Pakistan director Tammy Hasselfeldt. “The reports of diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems are rapidly increasing.”
Keeping inline with the governing charter of SA Relief, that is to help coordinate, manage and disseminate relevant information about the disaster — connecting donors to credible relief organizations and groups on the ground, we haveÂ setup a Wiki page for the disaster that’s continuously being updated by relief workers and volunteers from around the world.
In addition we encourage you to follow the Twitter hashtage #PkFloods for breaking updates from the ground. You can also join our Yahoo-Group listsev.