AmeriCares Airlifts More Relief Supplies to Help Pakistan Flood Survivors

Photo courtesy of Reuters/FAYAZ AZIZ, www.alertnet.org
A boy holds an empty bottle while standing near a line of people waiting for a handout of food at a make-shift camp for flood victims. Photo courtesy of Reuters/FAYAZ AZIZ, www.alertnet.org

Pakistan's worst flooding in 80 years has claimed at least 1,600 lives, left more than 4 million people homeless and affected over 20 million people.  The latest AmeriCares airlift contains more than $500,000 worth of critical medical aid to help survivors of the devastating floods. The shipment includes medicines and medical supplies to help people suffering from serious infections, pain, fever and injuries.

"The Pakistan flooding disaster is going from bad to worse, especially for millions of children and vulnerable elderly people at risk of cholera and other deadly waterborne illnesses," reports Christoph Gorder, AmeriCares senior vice president of global programs. "With the threat of disease outbreak increasing, we are ramping up our planned deliveries of crucial medicines and medical supplies to meet a crisis that is now reaching epic proportions." 

AmeriCares has mounted disaster relief efforts to help sick and injured people affected by the floods.  Hospitals and clinics report rapidly depleting existing stocks of medication, wound care supplies and hygiene items. In response, AmeriCares continues to deliver medical aid to local partners and the airlifted aid is en route to health care providers helping flood survivors.

Continued rains hamper access to Pakistan's northwest region, leaving entire villages cut off many from relief efforts and raising the level of urgency to reach many in desperate need of basic supplies.  And with more rain on the way, officials fear that the flooding will extend still further into the more populated provinces of Sindh and Punjab over the coming days. 

Since 1990, AmeriCares has delivered nearly $57 million in assistance to Pakistan including relief supplies ranging from medicines, medical supplies, equipment, health care facilities and nutritional support.