Monday, August 23, 2010

Pakistan Flooding - #2063 - Relief Workers Risk Lives in Pakistan Flooding - Baptist Press

Relief workers are risking their lives to help an estimated 8 million people in urgent need of assistance in Pakistan's flood crisis, Southern Baptist humanitarian workers report.  Several ministry partners have been beaten and three have died in rain-swollen rivers. Chaos often is erupting when limited food supplies are delivered to multitudes of hungry people.  "Since it's an evolving situation, things are unfolding. Our estimate has gone up and now eight million are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance," U.N. spokesman Maurizio Giuliano told reporters Aug. 19. "Roughly 4.6 million people are still without shelter," including hundreds of thousands of people who are still looking for refuge from the ongoing monsoon rains, he said.  Flood survivors mobbed relief trucks carrying food and authorities warn famine could sweep the northwest region unless farmers get immediate help planting new crops, news reports said. The country has been flooding for three weeks but conditions do not seem to be improving for most of the 20 million people -- one in nine Pakistanis -- who have lost homes, possessions, crops, livestock and loved ones.Posted on Aug 20, 2010 | by Mark Kelly, Mark Kelly is an assistant editor with Baptist Press. Baptist Global Response is located on the Internet at www.gobgr.org. Read more.......

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