Pakistanis need necessities following floods

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With hundreds of thousands of homes already destroyed in what National Management Authority is calling "the worst disaster in Pakistan's history," people in Pakistan are in immediate need of basic necessities.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is responding to food needs through Church World Service - Pakistan/Afghanistan and Interfaith League Against Poverty who will distribute food kits containing rice, lentils, flour, oil, sugar, salt, tea, and spices.

Since heavy monsoon rains began falling in northern Pakistan on July 21, it is estimated that 1,500 people have died and 12 million have been affected by the severe floods. These numbers are expected to rise as rain and flooding continue across Pakistan.

According to Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, "agricultural and crop lands have been severely damaged as a result of flooding, particularly in Punjab province, where much of the country's grain is grown. This damage will negatively impact food security in the area, especially for families directly affected by the floods."

Food prices have significantly increased due to both flooding and the coming of Ramadan. It is expected that the price for green vegetables will double. These price hikes will put vulnerable households in increased danger of hunger and malnutrition.

Christian Reformed World Relief Canada (CRWRC) and Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D), both members of the Foodgrains Bank, are working with local partners in Pakistan to distribute the food to vulnerable households in Balochistan province and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, some of the worst affected areas.

Church World Service - Pakistan/Afghanistan and Interfaith League Against Poverty are reliable partners who have worked with CRWRC and PWS&D in response to last year's displacement crisis in Pakistan and the 2005 earthquake.

This response is generously funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and donors to the Foodgrains Bank.

Canadian Baptist Ministries, Emergency Relief & Development Overseas, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Primate's World Relief & Development Fund, and World Relief Canada, have also contributed funds from their Foodgrains Bank accounts for this relief effort.