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2010.08.18 - Pakistan floodings

August 18th, 2010
 
Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years have killed more than 1,600 people and affected up to 20 million (more than a tenth of the population).  It is estimated that at least 8 million people need urgent assistance.
 
The authorities and aid agencies are struggling to help survivors, many of whom have lost everything and say they received no warnings that raging waters were heading their way. Hundreds of villages across Pakistan have been marooned, highways have been cut in half and thousands of homeless people have been forced to set up tarpaulin tents along the sides of roads with no access to food and water.
 
There are fears outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera could create a health crisis resulting in a second and third wave of deaths. The first case of cholera has already been reported.
 
IMRES has responded rapidly to this major emergency by immediately sending several IEHK emergency kits into Pakistan.
 
Keeping high volumes of IEHK's in stock at all times, we are well prepared to successfully and quickly act in such an emergency situation. More IEHK shipments are scheduled for next week and IMRES will continue to partner with aid and relief organizations to assist in responding to this disaster.
 
Due to the fear of cholera outbreaks, IMRES is also preparing to send Cholera kits, containing IV fluids, ORS, antibiotics, disinfectants and medical and logistics supplies.
 
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