Appeal to Canadians to help Pakistan

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The Canadian Red Cross has launched an appeal to help those in Pakistan who have been affected by monsoon rains and flash flooding that has killed more than 1,500 and affected about 2.5 million people.

As you know, the Red Cross has volunteers worldwide, and when the flooding started, over 50,000 Pakistan Red Crescent volunteers got to work immediately to evacuate people and help with search and rescue teams. They also delivered emergency first aid and other relief supplies, such as food, clothing, health kits and water. Already, these volunteers have reached 7,000 people with emergency supplies. An additional 14,000 will receive relief items in the coming days.

In Canada, we have a strong relationship with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society – a connection that began after the devastating quake in 2005. As such, when the flooding started, two Canadian Red Cross mobile health units that were already in Pakistan were deployed to affected areas.  We also deployed a team of seven paramedics who can help treat a range of ailments including injuries, skin infections and respiratory problems.

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