The Salvation Army Readies to Aid Pakistan Flood Survivors
The Salvation Army in Pakistan is preparing to help people who have lost their homes, possessions and possibly even loved ones in the worst floods in 80 years. The raging waters caused by monsoons have devastated many areas, especially in the northwest. It is thought that more than 1,400 people lost their lives in flooding which left 25,000 more trapped and awaiting rescue. More than a million people are thought to be homeless.
News coverage with video can be found here at BBC.com: Pakistan floods: Rescuers Aim to meet Stranded Victims
A letter posted on The Salvation Army Pakistan’s website reads:
“The government of Pakistan is looking for help from the NGO’s to assist with relief efforts. Our people have been doing some initial assessments and will continue gathering information on the work we will be able to do. We will also coordinate with government officials to fit in with providing assistance where it is needed and not duplicating a lot of services.
The DC (Divisional Commander) in Islamabad and the Corps Officers (Salvation Army leaders/pastors) from Peshawar have identified at least 3,000 families in the areas of Peshawar, Charsada, Noshera, Jhanghira, Tar Nab, and Rasalpur. They are in dire need of food, cooking/eating utensils, and bedding materials.”
The Salvation Army Pakistan has expressed their gratitude for prayers and practical support as they ready to serve these communities. The Salvation Army began its work in Pakistan in Lahore in 1883 with Captain Victoria Roberts and a few other officers. Our organization has been living and serving in the communities ever since.