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Appeal launched to fund clean water for Pakistan flood survivors

posted 3 Sep 2010, 05:16 by myEdinburgh Admin
As flood waters continue to rage in Pakistan, Edinburgh today (30 August) launched an urgent appeal to raise funds for the millions affected by the disaster.

The Edinburgh Disaster Response Committee is calling on people to donate via Edinburgh based relief agency Mercy Corps, to help the people of Pakistan recover from the floods.

Mercy Corps has been operating in Pakistan since 1986, in many of the communities hardest-hit by this year’s floods. The charity is providing emergency aid on the ground now, in the form of health clinics and distribution of food, water and clean-up equipment, but is also looking ahead to the long term needs of affected communities.

Edinburgh’s Lord Provost George Grubb, who chairs the Edinburgh Disasters Response Committee, said: “I’m pleased to have seen fast action from the British Government and aid agencies to deal with the immediate impact of this disaster. I would ask the people of Edinburgh to give everything they can to support Mercy Corps’ efforts to provide assistance to communities beginning the long process of recovery. It will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of families in Pakistan.

“The capital has a long and proud tradition of reaching out to those in less fortunate circumstances, and I hope we will see that compassion and generosity in action as a response to this appeal.”

John Cunningham of Mercy Corps said:  Access to clean water is critical to prevent potentially lethal water-borne diseases like cholera spreading, particularly in areas overcrowded with those made homeless by the flood waters. If untreated, cholera can kill a child in less than 24 hours. The floods have had a huge impact on the whole of Pakistan, and there’s a real risk that water-borne disease could take hold and make this tragedy even worse as the months go on.

“Immediate emergency aid is crucial, but it is just as important to make sure that people have access to clean water supply once the flood waters recede and the recovery and rebuild effort begins. With the help and generosity of the people of Edinburgh, we will build 50 lasting, sustainable water sources that will benefit more than 50,000 people in Pakistan. It will have a real impact that will still be felt for years to come, and will be one that the people of the Capital can be extremely proud of.”

How you can help:

The Edinburgh Disasters Response Committee is calling on people in the city to donate to the appeal through Scottish aid charity Mercy Corps, at www.mercycorps.org.uk  or by calling 0845 245 0686 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council
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