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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Pakistan Floods Appeal - how you can help

The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC), an umbrella organisation for 13 humanitarian agencies, has launched an appeal to help those affected by the floods in Pakistan. Find out what the British government is doing to help and how you can donate to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal.

Helping flood victims in Pakistan

Aerial view of flooding in Pakistan (pic: Unicef)

More than 20 million people have been directly affected by the flooding in Pakistan, with over 1,600 people killed.

UK aid agencies are using the money raised by the DEC appeal to provide emergency support to the millions of people affected by the flooding.

This includes providing emergency medical care, distributing food, water and shelter and helping to rebuild Pakistan’s shattered infrastructure.

So far, the British public has donated more than £40 million to the DEC appeal.

DEC chief executive Brendan Gormley said: "Growing awareness of the sheer scale of the disaster has seen the public continue to respond to the needs of people who are in dire need of help. Their generosity has been astounding.

"Sadly, for many who have yet to be reached, the situation is still at crisis point. Aid agencies are on the ground doing all they can to reach people, but support is needed for that work to continue. We cannot over-emphasise the need for more donations and the public’s ongoing support if we are to continue saving lives."

To donate to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal, follow the link below or call 0370 60 60 900.

Aid from the UK government

UK aid announced so far will provide help for around 1.5 million people in Pakistan affected by the floods.

In total, the UK government has earmarked up to £134 million in response to the UN Pakistan appeal.

As part of its aid effort, the UK government has provided enough high energy food supplements to help half-a-million malnourished children and pregnant/breastfeeding women.

The government has also provided:

  • 3,500 tents and 13,376 shelter kits, providing shelter for more than 80,290 people
  • 24,000 water containers and 48,375 blankets
  • 1.7 million water purification tablets - equivalent to 28 million litres of water
  • safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for 800,000 people
  • 1,150 private bathing facilities

A £10 million bridge-building project has also been brought forward.

Helplines for Pakistan and India

Make a donation

Make a donation to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal

The Foreign Office has set up two helplines for people concerned about British nationals in areas affected by flooding in Pakistan and northern India.

Depending on which country you are in, call one of the helplines below:

  • UK: 020 7008 1500
  • India: 011 2419 2100
  • Pakistan: 0092 (0)51 201 2000

Advice for British nationals

British nationals travelling overseas should use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) new LOCATE service to tell the FCO where they are travelling to. This will allow the British Embassy and crisis staff to provide better assistance in an emergency.

All Britons travelling to Pakistan should check the FCO travel advice for Pakistan before travelling.

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