The United Nations asked for $460 million yesterday to help victims of devastaing flooding in Pakistan. According to the U.N., one-tenth of the nation's population–an estimated 14 million people–have been affected by the floods. And this number could grow as further rains are forecast in the affected regions.
“Make no mistake, this is a major catastrophe,” said the U.N.'s humanitarian chief John Holmes. “The death toll has so far been relatively low compared to other major natural disasters, but the numbers affected are extraordinarily high. If we don't act fast enough, many more people could die of diseases and food shortages.” By U.N. estimates, more than 1,200 people have died in the floods.
Several Christian-based charities are active in assisting the people of Pakistan. Here are some ways you can help:
Operation Blessing is working with its longtime disaster relief partner, Humedica, to mobilize emergency medical relief for the many families displaced by the rising waters.
World Vision is working through the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum and plans to distribute water purification packs and hygene kits to 150,000 people displaced by the floods.
Church World Service is providing is distributing food, tents and other essentials to tens of thousands in need.
In addition, you may want to consider donating to a non-Christian relief agency such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or Oxfam America. We also encourage you to join the Everyday Christian community in praying for the people of Pakistan.