Situation report: Northern Pakistan floods

At least 16 people have died in an isolated area of Kohistan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, from flash floods -- something of a repeat of floods that occurred in the same region a year ago. The death toll is expected to rise.

Situation:

At least 16 people have died in an isolated area of Kohistan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, from flash floods – something of a repeat of floods that occurred in the same region a year ago.  The death toll is expected to rise.

Church World Service responded extensively in 2010 in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, formerly known as the North West Frontier Province.  The particular area affected now, Gabrial Union Council and Karang Union Council of Kundian Valley, has been inaccessible by road since last year's devastating floods.

Health-related needs are a priority, according to CWS Pakistan-based staff.  Shelter does not appear to be an immediate need as the government has sufficient resources.  However, after assessment, other possible needs may include food, non-food items, and evacuation.

Response:

CWS has health teams from an ongoing project in other parts of Kohistan which are on standby in case health services are immediately needed, and other staff are preparing for later work in the area.  CWS's emergency response team is also on standby.

The Pakistan government has yet to launch an appeal for support from donors and the humanitarian community for assistance in other parts of the country which were affected due to heavy rains approximately two weeks ago.

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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