Pakistan Flood: How to help

It’s 14th August, Pakistan’s Independence Day…

What is usually a joyous day, however, has come at a time of great calamity this year :(. The Pakistan floods are worse than the Tsunami of 2004, according to the UN. (See also this update from the UN Dispatch http://www.undispatch.com/node/10128 ).

My father’s friend recently sent me these pictures taken by an eye-witness volunteer in Swat:

From http://picasaweb.google.com/onepakistan
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Here’s how to help from Mosharraf Zaidi‘s blog, a respected journalist who has compiled a list of trusted sources:

Please help in any way you can! Even your smallest action can bring relief to the flood affected.

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8 thoughts on “Pakistan Flood: How to help

    1. Ameen! It will really take the cooperation and support of the whole motherland to get through this crisis. Reports state that waterborne diseases, unemployment and building infrastructure will be the long-term challenges…

  1. If we all keep thinking and sharing about this crisis, Inshallah progress will be made. I know a lot of people are working to raise money, collecting donations and emergency supplies but its equally important we don’t become immersed in our lives and forget the plight of so many Pakistanis.

    Hope to read more from you on this issue 🙂

    1. Inshallah! From what I’ve heard there is a strong local support movement and a lot of volunteers in the area. The pakistani spirit in times of need can be reassuring; that there is hope for our country. All we need is sustained effort…

      Of course, we are facing an international backlash because of our international image. It’s been heartbreaking to read a lot of comments on international forums, and to know that I can’t counter their arguments about lack of govt. accountability of funds.

      Thank you for commenting! 🙂

  2. Way to go Maha! You always write about something thats absolutely relevant. My fathers company is sending guys in first hand (dads going too) with supplies for the flood affectees. Its Independance Day, and here we are praying for our lives instead of celebrating. Dark clouds, indeed.

  3. More than 300 million British pounds of aid for victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake has been diverted by President Asif Ali Zardari’s [ Images ] government, raising fears that this will deter donors coming to the aid of flood devastated people in the country., a report stated.

    “As the money was not forthcoming, schools, hospitals, buses and roads planned to come up with money given by foreign governments and international aid groups remain unbuilt almost five years after the earthquake which killed 80,000 and left four million people homeless,” The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday quoting senior Pakistani officials.

    The damning report comes as Pakistani leadership is clamouring for millions of dollars in international aid to cope with the country’s worst ever calamity in which 20 million people are affected by floods.

    The paper said international donors gave 3.5 billion pounds to rebuild vast swaths of Pakistan occupied Kashmir [ Images ] and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces after the earthquake destroyed the region’s infrastructure.

    However, senior Pakistani officials said more than 300 million pounds given in aid has yet to be handed over to the country’s Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority.

    Telegraph cited a senior ERRA official as saying that they were told in March 2009 that 90 million pounds was being diverted from their budget to other government projects.

    “When we have the money we will pay you,” officials told ERRA directors. In June again their budget was cut from 43 billion rupees to just 10 billion.

    The diversion of money has come in for strong condemnation by the Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif [ Images ], who said, “There’s reluctance, even people in this country even people in this country are not giving generously into this flood fund because they’re not too sure the money will be spent honestly.”

    The paper said it had surveyed Balakot town, one of the worst affected in 2005 earthquake where 25,000 people died and the people were told that their township would be rebuilt.

    “But despite promises that the new town would be completed by last month, not a single road has been completed nor building construction began on the site of new Balakot,” The Telegraph said.

    1. Thank you for quoting the article. I’ve only been following the Telegraph’s public opinion (through comments) so far, and the same sentiments were expressed in a more emphatic manner… It is really unfortunate that the Pakistan government has lost all credibility :(, but in natural disasters of such large scale, I strongly believe that we should put politics aside for the cause of humanity. If governments are unreliable, then flood relief needs to be at the grassroots level. If the general populace does not place their trust in the Pak Govt, is no excuse to not help the flood victims. There are so many independent organizations working for the cause: Oxfam, UNICEF, UNHCR, Edhi, Save the Children et cetera (https://mahakamal.wordpress.com/help-pakistan-flood)

      The general masses are apolitical, peace-loving citizens who deserve to be helped as human beings, if not as Pakistanis. Please help in any way you can!

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