(PORTLAND, Ore., August. 17, 2010) — Disease, hunger and homelessness are getting worse for 20 million Pakistanis following the most severe floods to ever hit the country. Medical Teams International continues to send medicines and supplies to the scene and will ship more in aid over the next few months. The total value of all shipments is worth more than $7.6 million.
“But we need additional funds to help ship supplies and to assist our partners who have national medical teams on the ground,” says Tammy Teske, emergency relief manager for the organization.
This plea comes in the wake of reports from Pakistan that:
Diarrheal diseases continue to increase.
300,000 people had to be evacuated last week in the wake of a second surge of flood waters in Sindh.
Pakistan has received very little aid to help with this size emergency.
Outbreaks of acute diarrhea, the precursor to fatal cholera, have been reported throughout the country. Children are coming into clinics with diarrhea and vomiting, according to recent ABC News reports.
Experts predict epidemics as long as monsoon rains continue and a fifth of the country remains underwater.
To help with this emergency, you can give online immediately at www.medicalteams.org. Or you can call: 800.959.HEAL (4325).