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Pakistan floods – how Pendle people can help 

Published: Wednesday, 7th September 2022

Photo of Council Leader, Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, with Pakistan flooding poster to appeal for help.

With millions of people needing urgent support in Pakistan due to devastating floods, Pendle Borough Council’s Leader, Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, is appealing to local people to help.

“The floods have killed over a thousand people with conditions expected to worsen as the rains continue.

“Around 30 million people have already been affected and a third of the country – an area the size of the UK - is under water,” he stated.

“Pendle has a significant population of people from Pakistan and of Pakistan heritage and this connection makes the disaster even more harrowing to witness.

“And seeing the appalling scale of the flooding has affected everyone.”

Nadeem added:
“It’s terrible that lives, homes and livelihoods have been lost but as a community, Pendle can help!”

The Government has announced it will match pound-for-pound up to £5 million donated by the public to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help save lives, provide food, shelter, medical aid and clean water.

And the Council has set up a web page with details of how Pendle people can support the appeal 

“We know that money is tight but even small donations will make a difference,” said Nadeem.

•    £10 could provide vital hygiene supplies for two people
•     £50 could provide emergency shelter for two families 
•    £100 could provide food for two families for a month

“It’s vital that we act fast, as the floodwaters increase the threat of water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, gastroenteritis, and typhoid become a growing risk,” he warned.
In addition to the link to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Pakistan Floods Appeal, the Council’s website also has links to other organisations who are playing a big part including the British Red Cross and Muslim Aid.

Facts about the floods in Pakistan
•    The annual rainfall in Pakistan this year has been 10 times higher than normal
•    Over 500,000 people are living in relief camps around the country
•    More than 1,000,000 houses are damaged in Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan provinces
•    Over 3,000 km of roads have been destroyed
•    More than 700,000 livestock have been killed