by Saad Khan on 1st September, 2010 at 10:13 AM CEST
While I visited Slovenia for the summit in May, I was preparing a speech related to climatic changes in Asia with the focus prone more towards my own country, Pakistan. Little did I know that as I speak about the transformations in climate, nature is planning the worst flood for my country.
Photo by: Giro555 with creative commons license
The data is large enough to be wholly mentioned in my little urge for help but some figures are as follows:
The death toll has risen above 1600 people. The toll is anticipated to rise to 3000. Around 14 million people have been internally displaced and have lost their properties and are in need of shelter and food. Out of the displaced people around 6 million is child population and approximately 3 million females. These figures are even superior to the 2005 tsunami statistics, according to UN humanitarian coordination office. Roads and railway tracks are severely damaged hence making contact with those trapped very intricate and complicated. Relief and rescue work at the same time is also hampered by the constant downpour of rain in the already effected areas. The constant lashing by the torrential rains is making the entire process very time consuming and that is the one of the many commodities we are short of at the moment. Those who have some how managed to find dry land are experiencing epidemics and diseases. Proper shelter, food supplies, medicines, clean drinking water etc are the needed by these people on urgent basis. The response from the international community has been slow, although efforts and aid is being sent by nations across the globe. The UN has been apt at helping along with the Army and other NGOs.
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The loss of life kept aside, the poor people have lost homes, lands and their very means of earning a living. As you all would be aware that Pakistan is an agriculture nation and most of the rural population grows crops and earn a living, the floods have had a devastating impact on the crop produce. 300,000 homes have been destroyed according to an estimate by the Pakistani Flood Commission and an approximate 105,000 sq. km of crop land is submerged under water.
My nation faces a very harsh and unpleasant time at the moment. On behalf of my fellow country men, I would request all of you to please step forward and help us in any way possible. You can donate in any manner and your help would be valued. For direct monetary donations you can visit http://www.oxfam.org/en/content/donate. Oxfam also receives other types of donations, please check their website for details. Your generosity will be much appreciated.