There have been many floods in Pakistan in the past.
The floods of 2010 and 2011 affected 20 million people, and killed 2,000. Tens of thousands of homes were damaged or demolished and 1.59 million acres of crops were destroyed. It took many years to rebuild and recover.
Now in the last month it has all happened again in what the United Nations has called a “monsoon on steroids”, possibly the worst flood of all. Officials estimate that more than 33 million Pakistanis – one in seven people – have been affected by the flooding.
The Pakistani people are facing a monsoon on steroids – the relentless impact of epochal levels of rain and flooding.António Guterres
So far the flooded areas are mainly in the south and north of the country. Punjab Province, where most of the Starfish Asia projects are situated, has not been so badly affected. The Starfish Pakistan office has received appeals to provide help from several of our partners.
Danishmand Wasti, Starfish Pakistan director, appealed: “Pastor Akhtar Rana works among these people in interior Sindh. He was my staff in Scripture Union Pakistan. These are all Christian people. They urgently they need tents, food items and clothes.”
Faisal from Hope School in Karachi wrote: “Many Christian families need tents, food packages, medicines etc. If there is any possibility of flood relief funds from Starfish, I am available with my church youth to serve mighty God in this flood relief work.”
A friend, Waris from Quetta, wrote: “Most of our Christian community is also affected by this disaster. People don’t have food, shelter and medicines.”
Our friends from OM Pakistan have teams on the ground in the flooded areas and have launched an appeal for funds to provide immediate and long-term help.
We can help. We have contacts in place who can guarantee that any gifts will reach the neediest, many of whom are Christians from the poorest families. Support our urgent appeal.
Mike WakelyStarfish Asia 1200 627
1 September 2022
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