Islamic Relief has launched a global appeal following the worst monsoon floods in living memory. Flash floods and landslides have killed at least 800 people and affected over one million in north-west Pakistan, according to a local official.
A £2 million global appeal has been launched by Islamic Relief in order to provide urgent assistance to survivors who are struggling to find clean water, food, shelter and healthcare. With 45 bridges destroyed in the Swat district alone, survivors are facing many obstacles trying to access these basics.
Islamic Relief has already begun distributing blankets and tents to those affected by the flooding. But more is needed to prevent the death toll from escalating.
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Scale of the disaster
Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister for Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa announced the latest death toll. He added, "We fear the death toll will rise once the water recedes. We are facing the worst disaster in the history of our province."
The government of Pakistan declared a state of emergency as 312mm (12in) of rain had fallen over the last 36 hours in the north-west, according to the local meteorological department. This is the highest rainfall Pakistan has seen for decades.
The 3 million citizens of Peshawar, the region’s largest city, have been cut off from surrounding areas. Survivors are taking shelter in schools, mosques and areas of high ground.
Islamic Relief has offices in Balochistan, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Swat and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. All of these districts have been affected by the disaster.
Islamic Relief has been assisting vulnerable people in Pakistan since 1992. After a deadly earthquake hit the region in 2005, Islamic Relief helped raise more than £35 million in aid for survivors.
Survivors of the monsoon urgently need food, water and shelter.
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