Hundreds Of Thousands Homeless In Flood-Ravaged Pakistan

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September 2014

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The race to reach dry land grows more urgent as massive flooding in Pakistan forces hundreds of thousands of families to evacuate their homes. Heavy monsoon rains earlier in the week have triggered landslides, while floodwaters have submerged entire villages and swept away bridges and more than 400,000 acres of planted crops. The monsoon floods have claimed the lives of more than 270 people and affected 1.9 million people in the country’s 10 districts, according to a statement issued by the Pakistani government.

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the urgent needs of Pakistan’s most vulnerable survivors with emergency relief to flood-ravaged areas of Pakistan. Working in cooperation with Orthodox Church in Pakistan, IOCC is providing support for the distribution of food parcels to 700 flood victims in the hard hit communities of Wazirabad and Hafizabad. The parcels will include food items such as flour, oil, tea, lentils and some cooking utensils.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can help the victims of disasters around the world, like the floods in Pakistan, by making a financial gift to the IOCC International Emergency Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit iocc.org, call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, Md. 21297-0429.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered $488 million in emergency relief and development assistance to families and communities in more than 50 countries. IOCC is a member of ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 140 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy, and InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.–based secular and faith-based organizations working to improve the lives of the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. To learn more about IOCC, visit iocc.org.

Media contact: Rada K. Tierney, IOCC Media Relations, 443-823-3489, rtierney@iocc.org

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