Jewish group sending aid to Pakistan flood area

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2010
More than 1,500 people are believed to have died

More than 1,500 people are believed to have died

A British Jewish charity has set up a fundraising drive to help the victims of devastating flooding in Pakistan.

Humanitarian organisation World Jewish Relief (WJR) has launched an emergency appeal to raise money to provide shelter, health care and other forms of aid.

Pakistan’s government announced a state of emergency after more than 300mm of rain was recorded in 36 hours.

The catastrophic weather, the worst monsoon rain experienced by Pakistan since the 1920s, has damaged roads, buildings and agricultural land.

More than 1,500 people are believed to have died in the disaster area in the northwest of the country, with millions left homeless or injured.

There are also fears that disease is spreading round the affected region because of contaminated water. The WJR funds will also go towards sanitation resources such as water purification tablets.

Paul Anticoni, WJR’s chief executive, said: “The devastating monsoon has left a trail of disaster in its wake and the scale of need is overwhelming.

"WJR will work as closely as possible with trusted partners on the ground to ensure that all funds raised will directly benefit those who need them most.”

In December 2005 WJR sent crucial relief resources to Pakistan after an earthquake which left more than 70,000 people dead.

Donate go to WJR’s Pakistan Emergency Appeal <A href="" target=blank>here</A>

Last updated: 1:10pm, August 5 2010