Northern Pakistan has been hit by the worst floods in living memory. According to the UN more than four million people have been affected. People in the flood’s wake were already desperately poor and what little possessions they had have been washed away.
The Salvation Army in Pakistan is continuing to prepare a full response to the floods. Captain Washington Daniel, The Salvation Army’s District Officer for Islamabad, went to Peshawar to assess the situation and help decide how The Salvation Army can best help.
The situation is hopeless and people are facing major difficulties. Most houses are damaged badly or have fallen down completely due to the flood water. River water came into many houses, rising to above six feet in some places. People are looking for shelter, going to relatives’ houses or to churches.
In some areas there is still standing water and people are afraid to go back to see their homes. Their houses and what they owned is mixed with mud. The buildings and houses are cracked and not suitable for living in.
The smell of the water in some places is too bad to stand near. Human bodies and animals around the fields are still stuck in the mud.
The first batch of relief aid to go up to the affected areas – essential goods bought with the initial funding – is being put together and will be sent as soon as it is ready to go.
Donations to the Pakistan Flood Appeal can be make securely online.