DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal hits £33m

24/08/2010

The Disasters Emergency Committee today announced that their appeal for people affected by the Pakistan floods has raised £33m.

This follows DEC Chief Executive Brendan Gormley’s announcement yesterday (23 August) that this was the first DEC appeal in its history where donations rose rather than fell during the second week of an appeal.

Brendan Gormley said:

“The response by the UK public to this appeal has been extraordinary. They are responding to a catastrophe they can see unfolding in the media day by day.

People’s continuing generosity means member agencies are already getting assistance to those who need it most. 800,000 people have been reached so far, but millions still need help.

“Quite simply, the scale of the disaster is beyond our worst nightmares. An area the size of England has been flooded, and it is vital that people continue to give if we are to help save more lives.”

The disaster has already claimed the lives of 1,600 people and is estimated to have affected 20 million people.

A summary of all other DEC Member Agency efforts can be found here.

To make a donation to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, visit http://www.dec.org.uk or donate over the counter at any post office or high street bank, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word GIVE to 70707 – see details below.

Anyone wanting to stay up to date with developments in Pakistan, the emergency response and the fundraising efforts can follow the DEC on twitter at http://twitter.com/decappeal or become a fan of ‘Disasters-Emergency-Committee-DEC’ on Facebook.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  • To make a postal donation make cheques payable to ‘DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal’ and mail to ‘PO Box 999, London, EC3A 3AA’.
  • Donations can be made at any high street bank.
  • To donate at a Post Office quote Freepay 1384.
  • To donate £5 by text send the word GIVE to 70707. A standard network rate charge will apply.
  • The DEC consists of: Action Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, World Vision.