Hong Kong /Geneva/ Islamabad, 9 August 2010 – UNICEF has appealed for HK$368 million to fund its relief operation for the millions hit by flooding in Pakistan, including an estimated 1.4 million children. Pakistan is facing the worst flooding in more than 80 years. Heavy monsoon rains have affected close to 6 million people across the country.
“UNICEF is ramping up its relief operation for the millions of people affected by the flooding in Pakistan. Many of those are children who are especially vulnerable to disease and the present harsh conditions. They need water, medicine, food and shelter urgently. Our immediate priority is to reach all those hit by the flooding especially those in the most remote areas,” said Martin Mogwanja, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan.
The UNICEF relief operation will concentrate on the critical areas of water and sanitation, health, nutrition, education and child protection. The largest part of the operation is the provision of water and sanitation systems to head off the outbreak of diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera, especially deadly to children. UNICEF is already providing clean drinking water to over half a million people and will bring in emergency food rations and emergency health kits.
The Hong Kong Committee for UNIECF would like to appeal for additional support from the general public of Hong Kong to help the victims in the disaster through donations.
For more information, please contact:
Simmy Li Tel + 8522836 2929, E-mail: [email protected].hk
Joyce Chan Tel + 852 2836 2930, Email: [email protected]
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Donation to Pakistan Floods
1. Donation Hotline : 2833 6139
2. Direct Bank- in
HSBC : 567-354014-004
Bank of China : 012-875-1-0810855
Wing Lung Bank : 020-601-003-76352
3. Cheque: Payable to “Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF” (Please send us the cheque with personal details with remark “Pakistan” at the back and send to “Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, 3/F, 60 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.”)