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Photos give a glimpse into Oxfam’s Pakistan flood response

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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:

Photo: Mubashar Hasan / Oxfam
Photo: Mubashar Hasan / Oxfam

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.

Photo: Oxfam
Photo: Oxfam

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.

Photo: Oxfam
Photo: Oxfam

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.

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  2.  avatarAsim Khan

    The floods triggered by monsoon rains in Pakistan have killed more than 5000 people (numbers will raise). More than ten million people have become homeless.
    While nature has been unkind it is important to see how responsible organization of Pakistan for prevention of floods has performed, so that improvements can be put in place to avoid similar disasters in future. I know during my stay in Pakistan, the Federal Flood for Commission Pakistan ( FFC) works under Ministry of Water & Power. FFC has rights to plan , monitor and execute flood control projects for effective management of floods. Since its establishment in 1976, it has spent Rs. 35.8 billion and $ 400 million (Rs 34 billion) on floods mitigation projects. Where has all this money gone?
    The recent floods have exposed the incompetence and corruption in this department. Chief Minster of Punjab after making inspections of many bogus or non-existent projects, especially in South-Punjab, ordered an inquiry at the highest level but federal government is still unmoved over the criminal negligence of FCC.
    The most serious and catastrophic devastating impacts of floods was faced in District Nowshera and Charsadda of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Huge sums of money has been spent here with nothing to show. one of the main culprits of the huge embezzlement is the Chief Engineer of FCC, Mr. Ahmed Kamal. He recently managed to get deputed as a Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and has also act as spokesman of NDMA.
    This very same person after looting billions of rupees has asked people to donate their money for flood victims. While donation flow in, it is important that the government punish people like him and others who have made this tragedy far worse than it ought to have been.

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  3.  avatarAyaz

    Hello, are there any avenues to donate goods towards this calamity? i.e. I would like to organize some sort of drive to collect whatever goods are needed, i.e. water bottles, etc.

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  4. Anna Kramer

    Hi Ayaz – Thanks for your interest in helping! Oxfam doesn’t accept in-kind donations of goods, because we can respond much faster with cash donations, and target the greatest needs most efficiently. We also prefer to spend donations in the affected country, which helps to rebuild and support local economies while speeding the recovery effort.

    If you have already collected goods, consider selling them and donating the funds you raise. Or you can make a contribution to Oxfam’s Pakistan flood relief and recovery work at https://secure.oxfamamerica.org/site/Donation2?df_id=4660&4660.donation=form1. Thanks again.

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