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Aid efforts stepped up after Pakistani floods

Aid efforts to help the hundreds of thousands of people left homeless last week following Pakistan’s worst floods in 40 years have gathered pace as aid agencies warned of an impending catastrophe.

More than 1,500 people were estimated to have died after flood waters ravaged swathes of the north west corner of the country.

RedR’s country director for Pakistan Imam Baig said: “People, including government officials, are typically unaware of how to prepare for disasters such as this and the devastating impact in terms of lives and resources lost. These losses can be greatly reduced by improving the knowledge, skills and timely actions to deal with such disasters.

“Following the current crisis in the aftermath of the floods, there is a need for proper training to all involved in relief efforts to handle such situations in future. With limited resources and proper skills, human and material losses can be dramatically reduced. RedR can help through building the capacity of people and agencies in Pakistan. The current situation is proof that RedR’s services are so vital for the community.”

3M affected

As NCE went to press, reports suggested that up to 3M people have been affected by the disaster, with 27,000 still reportedly trapped by the water. It also reported that thousands of homes and roads were destroyed, and at least 45 bridges across the north west of the country were damaged.

Agencies with established programmes in the affected areas, such as Oxfam GB and Save the Children UK, have already mobilised teams and launched emergency appeals. RedR said it would be doing everything it can to support these organisations and local agencies through its training and recruitment services.

Care International is providing temporary shelter for up to 50,000 displaced citizens through its partners and local NGOs this week. After about six months they will focus their efforts on flood preparedness and smaller scale reconstruction and are launching a $3M (£1.9M) fundraising bid to help fund the work.

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