Saturday, August 28, 2010

Help Pakistan!

Updated on : Saturday, August 28, 2010

After the advice about danger from United Nations that 800,000 people in desperate need of aid had been cut off by the deluge across the country and appealed for more helicopters to deliver supplies to those people reachable only by air the Pentagon has announced to double the number of U.S. helicopters to help with relief efforts in Pakistan after epic floods. An additional 18 helicopters would arrive in mid-September as part of an expanded U.S. contribution to deal with the floods.
These would be in addition to 15 helicopters and three C-130 aircraft already taking part in relief activities.

UN spokeswoman Stacey Winston has also told a news conference yesterday that the flood situation is getting worst day by day as about one million more people have been displaced in Sindh over the last 48 hours as devastating floods continue to spread across south Pakistan where as about six million had been forced out of their houses by the floods that began nearly a month ago.

Spokesman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) put the death toll from the countrywide rains and deluge at 1600 and the total number of affectees at 17 million. He further said that that rains and floods killed 1068 peoples in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; 183 in Gilgit-Baltistan; 109 in southern areas of Sindh; 103 in Punjab; 71 in Kashmir and; 48 people in Balochistan and the toll is feared to mount further as the water level recedes in flooded areas. The NDMA spokesman further said that about 8 million peoples are in need of food on emergency basis.

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