The government in Islamabad has admitted that cannot cope with such a catastrophe, but the international response has been lukewarm. … Radical Islamic groups are jockeying to fill the vacuum left by government incompetence and relative international indifference.
The disaster has destroyed roads, infrastructure, homes, crops and livestock. Women and girls face a cultural shock as they live in camps amongst unrelated men for the first time in their lives. Shmyalla Jawad visited a government camp with no bathing facility and was appalled by the horrific conditions she found there.
Many are wearing what they left home in and without being able to wash and women’s hygiene in particular has deteriorated. The situation is even worse for menstruating and pregnant women.
The people of Pakistan urgently need help to rebuild their lives and their health. If you are willing and able to contribute, here is a list of agencies that plan to provide relief.