APPEAL CODE: #700-Q
INITIAL APPEAL GOAL: $1,550,584
Torrential monsoon rains this month have so far killed at least 264 people and injured 484 others in Punjab; Pakistani-administered Kashmir (Azad Jammu and Kashmir); and Gilgit Baltistan provinces.
Low-lying areas have been submerged in water, and electricity and transport systems remain badly affected. The floods have in some way affected 2,459,708 people, according to authorities. Rains and flooding are expected to continue in coming days and could affect as many as 3 million people.
Most families affected lack access to adequate food, shelter and drinking water. These factors increase the risk of waterborne diseases and other health concerns. Food, emergency shelters, immediate healthcare, water and sanitation and non-food items are priority needs in the affected areas, as are access to clean water and adequate healthcare.
The CWS response focuses on assisting 6,400 families: 2,000 families (some 14,800 people) with food for three months; 1,000 families (about 7,400 people) with non-food items; 400 families (some 2,960 people) with shelter kits; and 3,000 families (about 22,200 people) with health assistance. The response focuses on the districts of Bagh, Haveli, and Poonch in Azad Kashmir.
Last week in Azad Kashmir, the CWS health team began assisting affected families in Bagh District. The health assistance across five villages in Bagh District is being provided through a mobile health unit. The mobile health unit is located near a camp settlement making access to health services easy for the individuals who have lost their homes living in the camp and for those in the surrounding area.
CWS has begun begin distribution of food and non-food items; last week, CWS assisted 175 families (1,295 individuals) in Bagh District.
CWS continues to monitor the situation in other parts of the country and, based on need, will expand its operations to other affected regions.
$1,114,549 for food and non-food items, as well as shelter kits; $119,103 for project costs; $221,329 for health assistance. Other costs $95,603. TOTAL: $1,550,584
HOW TO HELP
Contributions may be made online or sent by mail to: Church World Service, Attn.: Pakistan Flooding APPEAL CODE: #700-Q, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.
CWS is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.