The Salvation Army responds to floods in Northern Pakistan
News outlets in the Punjab are reporting that more than 350 people are known to have been killed in the disaster, with 1.8 million people affected.
In conjunction with district and regional government offices—and often despite flooding to their own homes—Salvation Army officers are helping those affected. The agricultural area most damaged is also the region with the strongest Salvation Army presence, home to 38,000 of the Pakistan Territory’s 45,000 soldiers.
The flooding of more than two million acres of agricultural land means there are concerns about food security for the region. The Salvation Army has already provided 500 families in the Jhang District with food and cooking utensils.
The territory made use of emergency funds from International Headquarters but Pakistan Territorial Commander Colonel Ivor Telfer said there is much more that needs to be done, and that a larger-scale response can be organized if funds become available.
“A donation of $15 (USD) could provide emergency food for a family for a week,” he said. “Despite the government and a few relief agencies working hard to support those affected, less than 10 percent of the population has received food. Cooking utensils are needed by most as the force of the water has washed away many items.”
Donate to Pakistan flood relief via The Salvation Army.