With the monsoon season only half over, more heavy rains are expected to affect Pakistan's already water-logged lands. The worst natural disaster in the nation's recent history has killed more than 1,400 people and displaced more than 1.5 million.
The flooding, which began in northwest Pakistan, has surged into the country's agricultural heartland – the Punjab. Hundreds of villages have been submerged, and some 13.8 million people have been affected by the flooding, according to Maurizio Giuliano, information officer for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. At least 6 million people are in immediate need of food and other basic staples.
In response, the UCC sent an initial $15,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing funds to Church World Service, along with a pledge to raise additional funds. Church World Service, in coordination with partners in Pakistan, is providing immediate relief aid, including shelter items, food packages and health services.
The flooding also has threatened food security in Pakistan. According to Church World Service, thousands of additional lives could be lost if food aid and shelter do not reach affected communities in the coming days.
The UCC's Global Sharing of Resources office has asked UCC members to pray for the people of Pakistan, their leaders, and all emergency response workers. Secure online donations can be made. Please indicate "Pakistan flooding" in the comments box on the online donation form.