Appeal issued on August 12, 2010
It is over
20 million people affected by the flood now
is still on dangerous levels in several parts of Pakistan. The numbers
of people effected by the flood have crossed 20 million. More torrential
rains are forecast by the weather department. This is been considered
one of the most devastating flood in world history. The UN has once
again appealed for donations for Pakistan. But there has been a very
slow response internationally to help Pakistan in this period of great
destroying most of Khaiber Pukhtoonkhawa and Southern Punjab, the water
has now washed down the Indus River Valley, causing a deluge in Sindh.
The water has been powered by unusually fierce monsoon rains that began
in country’s northern areas some three weeks ago.
Roads, bridges and other infrastructure have given way, overwhelming the
government's ability to cope. At this point an estimated 1,600 have been
killed with another 5 million left homeless.
Relief Campaign (LRC), launched in October 2005 after an earthquake
killed nearly 100,000, has put up relief camps in several parts of
Pakistan. The LRC springs into action whenever there is an emergency
situation. Member organizations include Progressive Youth Front, Women
Workers Help Line, Labour Education Foundation, National Trade Union
Federation, CADTM Pakistan, Labour Party Pakistan, Pakistan For
Palestine and Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee. Currently the Lahore
camp at Regal Chouck is raising thousands of rupees every day in aid.
report of a union council in Khaiber Pukhtoon Khawa province by a team
of four LRC members led by Farooq Ahmad, member of the federal executive
committee, Labour Party Pakistan:
On 29 July
Pir Sabaq, a Union Council of Nowshehra district, with a population of
more than 34,000, is completely destroyed by the recent flood waters. A
tent city of more than 1,000 tents has been established but most of the
people are still forced to live in homes partially destroyed by the
flood. This can lead to a major building collapsing any time, resulting
in the further loss of lives.
addition to losing their homes most people found their household items
have been swept away. They have lost their cattle and goats as well.
People without anything to eat, drink or wear.
is mainly a town of working-class people who work in marble or
stone-crushing factories, or in the construction sector or agriculture
sectors. When a LRC team visited yesterday, local people told about how
water more than 14 feet high reached the town’s roof tops. Since the
flood came around 4 a.m., while people were sleeping in the comfort of
their homes, there was no chance to save anything but their lives.
of small tourist boats did their best to help save lives of common
contrast, when army helicopters arrived at the scene, they began
evacuating the families of military men and residents of the big houses.
People immediately saw the way the army discriminated about who they
aided. People told the LRC team that many stranded on the roof tops of
their houses waved their hands in the air when they saw the army
helicopters coming, but it was of no use.
have also blamed the government for failing to inform them on time about
the danger of the flood. Some also charged that water was allowed to
flow from the Warsik dam in order to save the nearby military camps.
team saw the house of Pervaiz Lala, general secretary of LPP in Pir
Sabaq. It, like the majority, was completely destroyed; he and his
family is now homeless. He told them the people did not eat for almost
three days after the flood. Not a single governmental official has
visited the area so far. The information minister of KP province, Mian
Iftikhar Hussain, stated in clear terms that the provincial government
cannot do anything to help people in this disaster. however two days
before an NGO started providing some food.
still water all over Pir Sabaq. A bad smell is everywhere and no clean
drinking water is available. The children are suffering from diarrhea
and skin rashes. The local government dispensary, the only medical
facility for the townspeople, has been totally destroyed. In this
environment people are haunted by the possibility of diseases being
are in need of: food items like cooking oil, wheat flour, milk, sugar,
clean drinking water, vegetables, clothes, tents, cooking utensils and
Here is an
appeal we launched on 7th August that gives you some more
information and the ways to help the campaign.
Appeal issued on August 7, 2010
More than 12 million
people suffering from floods in Pakistan
Please donate to
Labour Relief Campaign to help people of Pakistan
Pakistan is facing worst ever floods of
its history. Torrential rains have unleashed flash floods in different
parts of the country since last three weeks. Water levies broke leaving
the people exposed to flood water. It is devastating scene on the
television screens all the time. More rains expected during next three
days. It is the worst flood we ever had. The government did not realize
the scale of the losses earlier. Now they are all saying that this flood
has done more damage than the October 2005 earth quack. In that earth
quack, over 100,000 lost their lives and damage was mainly in two areas.
The present floods have affected almost all parts of Pakistan. It is
estimated that over 140 million people have been affected. In several
areas, people are still trapped. More than 650,000 houses have
collapsed, mainly in villages. Thousands of acres of crops have been
destroyed due to flood water. Houses, live-stock such as cattle’s and
goats, household goods, clothes, shoes and other items have been
destroyed. Residents of villages are currently without drinkable water,
food, shelter and in need of clothes. In particular, the situation is
dire for children and women and they are in desperate need of food and
clothing. Disease is spreading fast in the areas affected due to lack
of drinkable water. In particular, flu, fever, diarrhea, cholera have
been noted and are spreading.
The government’s response has made matters
worse. They failed to act immediately, leaving tens of thousands of
people unaided. They came after twenty four hours to the make-shift
camps with paltry amount of food bags to distribute. The gap between
the food being distributed and the large number of people desperate to
eat led to fighting breaking out making matters even worse for these
Despite the fact that there is very little
coverage in the media, the fact remains that the situation in
Balochistan is just as bad as in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa and western and
southern Punjab. As usual, also, they are not at the top of the
government's priority list.
The Labour Education Foundation, Labour
Party of Pakistan, National Trade Union Federation, Women Workers Help
Line and Progressive Youth Front have set up Labour Flood Relief Camps
in Lahore and so far have collected more than 300,000 rupees. Rs.
110,000 have already been sent to Baloachistan and more than 200,000 are
on way to Southern Punjab to help flood victims.
We appeal our friends and organizations in
Pakistan and abroad for donations of a monetary kind or in the form of
drinking water, clothes (new), shoes, medicine.
For further information
Floor, 25-A Davis Road,
0092 42 6303808, 0092 42 6315162, Fax: 0092 42 6271149
Mobile: 0092 321 9402322
If you wish to transfer funds, below are
details of the account for sending money to the LRC.
A/C Title: Labour Education Foundation
A/C Number: 01801876
Please advise and pay to Citi Bank, New
York, USA Swift CITI US 33 for onward transfer to BANK ALFALAH LTD.,
KARACHI, PAKISTAN A/C No. 36087144 and for final transfer to BANK
ALFALAH LTD., LDA PLAZA, KASHMIR ROAD, LAHORE, PAKISTAN Swift:
ALFHPKKALDA for A/C No. 01801876 OF LABOUR EDUCATION FOUNDATION.