UPDATE: Floods intensify in Pakistan
Since I last wrote, the floods in Pakistan have intensified. At least half a million more people have been affected as floodwaters continue to surge in the southern provinces. By now, more than 700,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
The sheer size of this disaster is almost unimaginable: it is now affecting more people than the Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami of 2004 combined.
Already, more than 30,000 people are suffering from water- and hygiene-related infections – easily treated under good conditions, but potentially fatal during emergencies like this one. Communities desperately need clean water and sanitation facilities in order to avert the looming public health crisis.
The need is great, and growing – please, donate to the Pakistan Flood Relief and Recovery Fund today.
Thank you for your generosity at this critical moment. My email from last week with more information is below.