Monsoon season and the heavy rains that come with it are an annual reality in Pakistan. But this summer, the country faced some of the worst flooding it has experienced in 80 years.
According to the New York Times, “Nearly 20 million people have been significantly affected…The number in urgent need is now about eight million and expected to rise. More than half of them are without shelter.” The estimated death toll of the floods range from 1,300-1,600 and the country’s infrastructure – especially its flow of clean drinking water – was severely impacted.
The situation in Pakistan is grim – but unlike the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this year, the UN said that disaster relief from at home and abroad has been slow to arrive and not enough to to meet people’s needs.
Below the jump: How you can help.
Help spur on the disaster relief efforts in Pakistan by donating to one or more of the following relief organizations:
American Jewish World Service
AJWS has been working in Pakistan since the 2005 earthquake and has five partner organizations working on the ground there. Your financial support will enable AJWS to distribute Aid-Bags which include food, water, pots, pans and clothing to affected families.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Support donated to JDC will help send boxes of medical supplies to be used by a traveling medical team, hygiene kits and shelter supplies, and food for people who have been displaced by the flooding.
Donations to Oxfam will help provide clean drinking water to impacted residents and help lay the groundwork for long term programs. Oxfam also lists other ways you can help, from starting a personal fundraising page to helping to spread the word.
Donations to UNICEF will provide clean drinking water to children along with hygiene kits, and necessary vaccinations for children under 5.
Find more opportunities to support the people of Pakistan here.
For more information, watch this UNICEF video about the Pakistan flood: