ISLAMABAD – The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan
exceeds 13 million — more than the combined total of the 2004 Indian
Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti
earthquake, the United Nations said
The death toll in each of those three disasters was much higher than the
1,500 people killed so far in the floods that first hit Pakistan two
weeks ago. But the U.N. estimates that 13.8 million people have been affected — over 2
million more than the other disasters combined.
The comparison helps frame the scale of the crisis, which the prime
minister said Monday was the worst in Pakistan's history. It has
overwhelmed the government, generating widespread anger from flood victims who have
complained that aid is not reaching them quickly enough or at all.
"The number of people affected by the floods is greater than the other
three disasters combined," Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the U.N.
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told The
A person is considered affected by the floods if he or she will need
some form of assistance to recover, either short-term humanitarian aid
or longer-term reconstruction help, said Giuliano.
The total number of people affected in the three other disasters was
about 11 million — 5 million in the tsunami and 3 million in each of the
earthquakes — said Giuliano.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Monday that the floods were a
bigger crisis than the 2005 Kashmir earthquake that killed nearly 80,000
people and the army's operation against the Taliban in the Swat
Valley last spring that drove more than 2 million people from their homes.
"The magnitude of the tragedy is so immense that it is hard to assess,"
said Gilani during a visit to the central Pakistani city of Multan.
Many of the people affected by the floods, which were caused by
extremely heavy monsoon rains, were in Pakistan's northwestern province
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Rescue workers have been unable to reach up to 600,000 people marooned in the province's Swat Valley, where many residents were still trying to recover from last year's fight with the Taliban, said Giuliano. Bad weather has
prevented helicopters from flying to the area, which is inaccessible by ground,
"All these people are in very serious need of assistance, and we are highly concerned about their situation," said Giuliano.
Hundreds of thousands of people have also had to flee rising floodwaters
in recent days in the central and southern provinces of Punjab and
Sindh as heavy rains have continued to pound parts of the country.
One affected resident, Manzoor Ahmed, said Monday that although he
managed to escape floods that submerged villages and destroyed homes in
Sindh, the total lack of government help meant dying may have been a
"It would have been better if we had died in the floods as our current
miserable life is much more painful," said Ahmed, who fled with his
family from the town of Shikarpur and spent the night shivering in the
rain that has continued
to lash the country.
"It is very painful to see our people living without food and shelter," he said.
Thousands of people in the neighboring districts of Shikarpur and Sukkur
camped out on roads, bridges and railway tracks — any dry ground they
could find — often with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and
plastic sheet to keep off the rain.
"We were able to escape the floodwaters, but hunger may kill us," said
Hora Mai, 40, sitting on a rain-soaked road in Sukkur along with
hundreds of other people.
A senior government official in Sukkur, Inamullah Dhareejo, said
authorities were working to set up relief camps in the district and
deliver food to flood victims.
But an Associated Press reporter who traveled widely through the worst-hit areas in Sindh over the past three days saw no sign of relief camps or government assistance.
The floods hit the country at a time when the government is already
struggling with a faltering economy and a brutal war against Taliban
militants that has killed thousands of people.
The charity has a arranged one goods collecting camp in front of HDO
main office in chamnan zar colony FSD. And soon as we have right amount
cash we will send it to flood victims.
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However, spokesman Shabnam Newman said it is cash that is needed.
"The first part of the appeal is to help people with life-saving items -
tents, blankets, bed sheets, water purification tablets and all they
save their lives," he said.
After that, the money will go to clearing away mud and landslide debris, he added.
Besides sending cash to HDO account, you can support by providing following
commodities. Please do not donate old/expired stuff. Make sure edible items are
hygienic and properly packed.
* Clothing: Clothes of various sizes, Beddings, Shoes
* Utensils: Jerricans (large plastic cans that hold 20 liters of water or other
liquids), Crockery, Buckets
* Toiletries: Tissues, Soaps, Dettol (antibacterial cleaners), Towels
* Food: Rice, Sugar, Flour (Atta), Onions, Potatoes, Cooking oil, Tea, Milk
(tetra packs or powder), Safe drinking water, Cooked Food
1. Water purification tablets.
2. Life saving drugs.
3. Vaccines for malaria, cholera, typhoid, influenza.
4. Pain killers including strong ones like morphine derivatives, tremadol,
pethadine, kinz .
5. Antibiotics e.g. tetnus, amoxil, gentamycin.
6. IV cannulas
7. IV Drip sets
8. IV drips: normal saline, ringerlactate
9. Local anesthetics (injections)
10. Cotton bandages, cotton.
11. Surgical instruments: e.g needle holders, forceps, tweezers.
12. Suturing materials, Skin staples.
Ways to send donations:
HDO Physical address For sending goods: Hope Development Organization
Street # 2, Office # 991, Chaman Zar Colony, Faisalabad-Pakistan
HDO Bank Account:
Account Title : Hope Development Organization Account Number: 1469 - 9
Swift Code: BPUNPKKAAXXX Routing Code: HSBCA/C#000158950chips uid 429940
Ref BOP Kotwali Road Branch Faisalabad, Punjab Pakistan.
Hope Development Organization (HDO) is a non-
profit, non-governmental organization based in Faisalabad. HDO is
registered under the societies registration Act XX1 1860, Joint Stock Companies
Faisalabad Pakistan. HDO is working since 1997 & serving in the target
areas. It is a community-based organization working with the depressed, opposed
marginalized communities for their empowerment, social economic development,
transformation and uplifting them towards sustainable development.
It focuses especially upon the unmet needs of women and children in
targeted areas. It works to promote Peace Building, Education, Health
(Traditional Birth Attendance (TBA’s) and Women Skill Development
HDO believes in a participatory approach on different proposals,
identified by the communities that are helpful for their development,
Our vision is uplifting the communities through self-identified programs for their sustainable development.
Integrated development through Information, Research, Co-ordination, Education & training is our mission.
HDO need your precious guidance and support for the promotion for these
humanitarian works. Your positive response and kind concern in
this regard will be highly appreciated.
You are most welcome for any kind of questions or comments.
God bless you abundantly for your good work and commitment.
Hope Development Organization (HDO)
Street # 2, Office # 991, Chaman Zar Colony
Faisalabad, Punjab – Pakistan
P.O.Box 1094, Faisalabad 38090 Pakistan
Tel: +92-41-2011728 Fax:+92-41- 872 0287