Years of political instability, conflict and poverty have affected millions of people across Pakistan. Today living standards continue to plummet. Recent data shows that 54 per cent of children under the age of five are moderately malnourished and 13 per cent are severely malnourished.
Pakistan is also a severely disaster-prone country often suffering from floods, earthquakes and cyclones. In 2005, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale killed more than 73,000 people and left over 3.5 million homeless. Most recently, flood waters affected an estimated 20 million people across Pakistan. Almost 2 million houses were damaged and the threat of water-borne disease was very real in affected regions
Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross was in Pakistan before the flooding started. Flood waters washed away not only homes and infrastructure but it also devastated crops and wiped out livelihoods.
The Red Cross Movement aims to assist over 2 million people who have been affected by the floods. In addition to launching a large-scale disaster response and recovery operation the Canadian Red Cross has also made significant investments in longer-term disaster risk reduction programming. These efforts are already proving invaluable as teams of trained volunteers six mobile health units and pre-positioned supplies were rapidly deployed from within country to respond to this disaster.
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