Pakistan Flood Appeal
More than 1,000 people have been killed in Pakistan by the worst flooding to hit the country.
Disease is the new threat after more than a million people hit by monsoon deluges in northwest of Pakistan.
The huge scale of damage from the Pakistan floods caused by a week of heavy monsoons is still being assessed, but officials say over a thousand are dead and tens of thousands more are stranded with a further two million affected in North West Pakistan.
Oxfam in Pakistan
Oxfam has been working with communities in Pakistan since the 1970’s and has supported more than forty emergency projects in the last 20 years. To assist the displaced people of the Swat Valley, Oxfam is working with trusted local partners to support those in most urgent need of assistance in the main camps and in communities.
Oxfam has begun an emergency aid effort for the victims of the worst flood in Pakistan for 35 years.
Worst flood in Pakistan for 35 years
Rescuers, aided by the military, are battling to bring supplies to people trapped in remote areas, while camps have been set up for those whose homes and businesses have been washed away or submerged by the floodwaters.
A westerly weather system sweeping in over Iran and Afgahnistan and the regional monsoon season combined to cause the worst downpour ever recorded in Pakistan.
The northwest of the country was hit hardest, with more than a million people affected by flash floods and mudslides.
Hundreds of people have drowned in the Peshawar valley, which includes the districts of Nowshera and Charsadda, and many others are still missing, according to a disaster management official.
More than 400 people were also killed by heavy flooding in the districts of Swat and Shangla.
Latifur Rehman, spokesman for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said: “Aerial monitoring is being conducted, and it has shown that whole villages have washed away, animals have drowned and grain storages have washed away.”
Officials warned that the death toll from the flooding could go even higher as rescue workers have been unable to access certain areas because of the severe floods.
There is the added risk of the water-borne diseases, such as cholera, spreading in the flooded communities.
More than 30,000 Pakistani army troops have rescued more than 19,000 people from the marooned areas but officials conceded some might still be trapped and awaiting help in remote areas including Kohistan, Nowshera, Dir and in the Swat valley.
Major-General Athar Abbas, an army spokesman, said: “The level of devastation is so widespread, so large, it is quite possible that in many areas there are damages, there are deaths which may not have been reported.”
Abbas added: “Virtually no bridge has been left in Swat. All major and minor bridges have gone, destroyed completely by the floods.”
The US embassy in Islamabad said it was assisting with the rescue efforts and pledged more than $10 million in immediate humanitarian aid.