Thursday, August 5, 2010
Save the Children's Coordinator in Pakistan Reports
Rains have continued to fall in Pakistan, not only in the upper river catchment areas, but also in the central parts of the country. Rivers are swelling and bursting their banks. In order to safeguard an irrigation barrage, dikes were deliberately breached in order to reduce the flow of water. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their dwellings and take refuge on embankments or roof tops.
With the monsoon season continuing into mid-September, the misery of millions of people across Pakistan will not abate for the foreseeable future. Aid agencies like Save the Children are working hard to try and reach thousands of women and children in remote areas.
Teams in the north of the country have trekked through the mountains to deliver food, medicines and water to isolated communities. In Southern Punjab, small dugout boats will be used to deliver lifesaving assistance to vulnerable families whose homes have been washed away