NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewish humanitarian agency World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal to help the victims of major flooding in northwest Pakistan.
Since Sunday, an unprecedented foot of rain in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has killed more than 1,000 people and affected over 2 million.
The monsoon rains are the heaviest to hit Pakistan in 80 years, and already have contaminated vital water sources, according to the agency. The devastation could become worse if the floodwaters reach more populous areas.
The United Kingdom-based World Jewish Relief organization is working with partners on the ground in Pakistan to help provide items such as emergency shelter and immediate health care.
“The devastating monsoon has left a trail of disaster in its wake and the scale of need is overwhelming," World Jewish Relief Chief Executive Paul Anticoni said in a statement, adding that "WJR will work as closely as possible with trusted partners on the ground to ensure that all funds raised will directly benefit those who need them most.”
To donate to WJR’s Pakistan Emergency Appeal, go to www.wjr.org.uk.