Photos give a glimpse into Oxfam’s Pakistan flood response
In these photos just in from the field, rescue boats, water filters, and hygiene kits provide essential aid to thousands displaced by the floods.August 18th, 2010 | by Emily Drees
Every day this week I’ve seen more photos coming in from Oxfam’s flood response in Pakistan, where Oxfam and our local partners are working to reach more than a million survivors with essential aid. Most were not taken by professional photographers, but by Oxfam staff on the ground—and they have a kind of immediacy that captures the urgency of the situation. Here are a few of the latest images:
Above, Oxfam and a local partner organization use a rescue boat to help people reach relief shelters in Koth Mithan, Sindh Province. So far, local search and rescue boats have helped Oxfam safely evacuate tens of thousands of people.
In this photo, a family learns how to treat their water using PUR sachets distributed by Oxfam—the powder shown here is used to clean and disinfect dirty water to make it safe for drinking and other household use. Each sachet treats about 10 liters of water in 30 minutes, and helps to prevent the outbreak and spread of water-borne diseases in communities of displaced people.
Women living in a camp for displaced people in Kalro Chowk District, Muzaffargarh, receive health and hygiene kits from Oxfam and one of our local partner organizations, the Doaba Foundation. Oxfam has distributed hygiene materials to many of those who’ve lost their homes in the floods.