Donations continue to pour in for Pakistan Floods Appeal

11/08/2010

Funds are continuing to pour in for the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal with the latest count of donations showing that it has now reached £9.5 million pounds.

Disasters Emergency Committee Chief Executive Brendan Gormley said:

“The response from the British public has been overwhelming, particularly given the economic climate at the moment. People have been very generous and are continuing to donate which will really help to ease the plight of those affected.

“However the scale of the disaster is vast and we’re appealing for more funds to ensure we can reach those most in need. With monsoon rains continuing, the situation for millions of people in Pakistan is going to get worse before it gets better.

“We still need people to keep giving because the flood waters are still spreading fast and continuing to affect millions of people.”

The DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal is separate from the pledges being sought by the United Nations which is hoping to secure funds from governments worldwide.

Floodwaters have now moved south to the Sindh province and hundreds of villages have been flooded. Reports say the protective bund at Torhi in the province's north has been breached and several barrages and dams are under threat from floodwater.

The DEC’s member agencies have now distributed aid to more than 500,000 people affected. Floods have destroyed villages, crops and infrastructure and damaged some 290,000 homes. A total of 1,600 people have died.

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

To make a donation to the DEC Pakistan 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.

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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.