October 5 2010

Pakistan: "Your help is making a big difference!"

05/10/2010 - Please read in the following what Souriya Anwar, President of SOS Children's Villages Pakistan, said about the current situation in the flood-affected regions in her country.

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Destruction everywhere - Photo: Benno Neeleman

"Finally the flood threat is subsiding, as the raging waters are reaching the end of their journey. However, destruction is still nowhere near the end, as large tracts of the province of Sindh are still inundated. The area of Moro has been completely encircled, with access routes destroyed, and has been in urgent need of food supplies. Snakes are also creating serious problems and we have dispatched a consignment of snakebite venom anti-serum to the area. Otherwise, we continue to distribute food packages. Although in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, people are slowly leaving the camps, and returning to their villages, there is utter desolation in most areas. It will be a long time before there can be a regular supply of food and they will continue to be dependant on assistance from outside. Most of the rural population actually stores grain at the time of harvesting and their supplies, along with all their household belongings, have been swept away - leaving them totally bereft. As we reach a less pressured time in our relief efforts, I would like to express sincere gratitude to all of you who have been so very generous in your support. Now that we have distributed over five million meals, you can take satisfaction from the fact that your help is making a big difference, and showing that human kindness knows no boundaries."

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More than 33,000 food parcels were distributed so far - Photo: SOS Archives

Since mid of August, SOS Children's Villages Pakistan was able to purchase and distribute more than 33,000 food parcels to families in Sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Recently, 14,000 snakebite kit and snake venom anti-serum were distributed in Moro in the province of Sindh. Enough medication to care for around 60,000 people was also provided as well as 1,500 tents for homeless families. The distribution of the aid supplies was facilitated with the support of other local aid organisations and the Pakistan army.