(UNITED NATIONS) Aug. 21, 2010 – With the situation in flood-stricken Pakistan still unfolding, United Nations agencies said today they are redoubling their efforts to provide assistance to the millions of people affected by the disaster.
“The international community is mobilizing to provide aid to help the victims of the floods,” Elisabeth Byrs of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told a news conference in Geneva.
“The situation is still unfolding… in some areas the flood waters are receding to reveal the utter destruction left behind, while in other areas the flood waters continue to rise, destroying homes, villages and crops.”
She added that the $460 million emergency response plan launched last week is now 55 percent funded, with an additional $42 million in pledges.
Jesuit Refugee Service does not have a presence in Pakistan. Therefore we are recommending that donations be made to Catholic Relief Services, which has a long-standing presence in Pakistan and is assisting those displaced by the flooding.