DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal reaches £60 million

05/10/2010

The DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal is now one of the three most generously supported appeals the charity has run in its 45 year history after the 2004 tsunami and the Haiti earthquake.

The Appeal has so far raised £60,800,000 and fundraising will continue until the end of January 2011. It has just surpassed the total raised by 2005 Pakistan Earthquake which raised £60,668,000.

Member agencies of the DEC have said they will draw on appeal funds to help 1.4 million people in the first six months of the relief effort to provide help including:

  • clean water, toilets and hygiene support for 550,000 people
  • healthcare for 359,000 people, including assistance for malnourished children, pregnant woman and the elderly
  • household items for  240,000 people, including pots, blankets and water containers
  • emergency shelter for 155,000 people - tarpaulins and tents
  • food for 198,000 people
  • livelihood support for 33,000 people.

The vast scale of the emergency, limits on the capacity of the Pakistan government and a comparatively slow response from parts of the international community has meant that many of 20m people affected by the flooding still urgently require assistance.  Access to some areas remains restricted by flood waters or damage to roads and bridges. The UN continues to report huge funding shortfalls in critical areas of its operations including food, agricultural support and emergency shelter.

Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee Brendan Gormley said:

“The response of the UK public to the flooding in Pakistan has been extraordinary.  We are hugely grateful to everyone who has shown their support.  Donors to the DEC can be proud of the work they are helping to fund.

“Our members had strong teams and partners in place before the flooding struck and have now mobilised a massive response.   The sheer scale of the flooding means that there is enormous amount of work still to be done.”

There were 1.9 million homes damaged or destroyed by flooding in Pakistan.  In all provinces except Sindh, the majority of the displaced have either returned to their home areas or are in the process of moving back.  A huge effort is now needed to help them rebuild their lives.  Emergency shelter remains an urgent priority but there are not enough suitable tents available, despite the fact that Pakistan is the world’s leading manufacturer.  

Access to many areas in the mountains that were previously cut off by flood damage is now improving but there are concerns that some areas will be cut off again by winter snow.  In these mountainous areas, colder weather has seen a fall in levels of diarrhoea but a worrying increase in chest infections.

Diarrhoea and malaria remain very serious concerns in Punjab and Sindh due to hot weather, standing water, and poor access to clean water and safe toilets.

The work to help 1.4m people is funded by the £35m raised so far by the DEC itself.  It does not include further work members are doing with the £25m they have raised themselves as part of the appeal or money they have raised from other sources.  Details of the wider activities of DEC members and their partners in Pakistan - using all sources of funding - can be found on the Appeal page.

The Disasters Emergency Committee usually seeks to avoid making direct comparisons between disasters and appeals.  The circumstances of each disaster are unique and the consequences devastating for those affected. However, the totals raised by each DEC appeal are a matter of public record and the Pakistan appeal has today reached a significant milestone.  The appeals that have raised the largest totals are now the 2004 Tsunami Appeal £390m, the Haiti Earthquake Appeal £103m and the Pakistan Floods Appeal.

Fundraising for the appeal continues with events now a particularly important source of money.  A group of Blackburn Rovers fans recently left their home ground at 3.30am to walk for 10 hours to an away game with Blackpool raising over £2,400 http://www.justgiving.com/walkathon-4-life.  In Lewes, a concert to mark the 10th anniversary of the floods that affected that community will be used as a fundraising event for those affected by flooding in Pakistan.