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UNICEF Responds to floods in Pakistan

2010-08-01

The recent floods in Pakistan have affected up to 1 million people, with those living in the north-western province of Khyber Pukhtoonkhawa being affected the most. UNICEF, along with other UN agencies, is currently on the ground mobilizing relief efforts to aid in providing clean water and sanitation, vaccinations and nutrition to those displaced by this situation. 

UNICEF has supplies pre-positioned and will use them to respond to this emergency. The organization’s country office is providing assistance in the areas of water and sanitation, health, and nutrition. UNICEF is distributing clean water and water purification tablets. Outbreaks of disease like measles are common during the aftermath of an emergency. Thus, vaccinations are being administered.

Destroyed public infrastructure, like power lines and communications systems and blocked or washed out roads are making assessment of the damage difficult. At present, the Pakistan government has requested support for some 20,000 families (120,000 persons) affected by the floods. This figure is likely to increase as access to other devastated areas becomes possible. Meanwhile, air and land rescue efforts by the government continue while roads towards and from Peshawar remain inaccessible.

Beyond the immediate needs of the relief effort, restoring clean water and water irrigation systems, health centers, sanitation centers and schools will be critical to long-term recovery efforts.

Children are the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and we will keep you posted on UNICEF's response to this emergency as news comes in.

Please donate to UNICEF's Pakistan Flood Relief fund.

 

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For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.