ICRC appeals additional $75.5m for relief activities

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday appealed the international donors to provide additional $ 75.5 million in its budget to expedite its relief activities along with Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) for flood victims.

Addressing a press conference, ICRC Country head Pascal Cuta said that such amount is required to continue ongoing relief work in flood affected areas besides support to those people affected in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from terrorist activities.

He said this amount will be utilized for provision of clean drinking water, food and shelter in the affected areas with focus on improving health of the flood victims as there are concerns regarding increase of water-borne diseases.

He said assistance will also be provided in other areas like agriculture as the flood also damaged this sector which was the only source of earning for people in the affected areas.

Communication Coordinator ICRC Michael Brien said that the organization intends to provide seeds, fertilizer and farm tools to restore livelihood to 350,000 people in the affected areas.

He said the ICRC will provide food and non-food items to 1.4 million people besides safe drinking water. He added specialists diarrhea treatment units will be set up and the organization has also planned to support to medical infrastructure through donations.

He said so far the ICRC has provided 280,000 food rations for one month with estimated 20 million meals while 175,000 people have been assisted with non-food items like cookers, hygiene kits etc.

He said 10,000 shelter kits and tents have also been provided while 20,000 daily tankers water is being provided in Dera Ismail Khan besides provision of 65,000 bottled water and recondition of 47 wells.

He said 10 PRCS health units and hospitals have supported so far 70,000 people and 850 severe diarrhea cases have also been treated. He added 8500 families have been reunited by phone calls during floods.