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Pakistan flood relief directed to Mercy Corps and IFAW

In September, directed funding to help victims of the Pakistan floods to Mercy Corps for humanitarian efforts and International Fund for Animal Welfare for care of animals.

Monsoon-related floods deluged Pakistan starting in July, causing rivers to overflow their banks and flash floods in low-lying areas. The flood damage, which started in the northwest and is spreading to central and south Pakistan, caused more than 4 million people to flee their homes.

The deluge has ruined crops, stranded farm animals, and otherwise impacted more than 20 million Pakistanis.

Mercy Corps teams working in the country helped provide clean drinking water, food and shelter, and combat the threat of widespread disease outbreaks.

In the Swat Valley, Mercy Corps distributed food kits containing 10 kg of rice, 2 kg of lentils, 3 kg of cooking oil and 2 kg of powdered milk to families as well as tool kits containing a wheelbarrow, shovel, hammer, and other implements needed to rebuild their homes.

They also provided approximately 1.1 million gallons of clean drinking water, trucking water into towns, disinfecting water through chlorination, repairing water-related infrastructure,  and restoring and building new water sources.

IFAW concentrated their efforts on providing feed to farmers to save their animals.  With the Pakistan-based Ravi Foundation, IFAW was able to distribute feed for approximately 8,000 sheep, goats, cattle, buffalo, horses, and donkeys.

IFAW provided 1,000 families with animal food and water troughs made from recycled materials, and 50 more families were provided materials to build new shelters for their animals.

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