Disaster Relief: Providing Shelter, Food and water. Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated as India and Pakistan brace for the impact of Cyclone Biparjoy, which is expected to make landfall in densely populated areas across the subcontinent Thursday, putting millions of lives at risk. Biparjoy has been churning across the northeastern Arabian Sea, heading toward southern Pakistan and western India since late last week, with winds of 160 kph (100 mph) and gusts up to 195 kph (121 mph). It has weakened slightly since Tuesday, sustaining winds of 150 kph (90 mph), equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane. Landfall is expected Thursday afternoon local time, bringing the triple threat of heavy rain, damaging winds and coastal storm surges across the region, according to the India Meteorological Department.
Mass evacuations have started in Pakistan’s Sindh province, with about 60,000 people sent to temporary shelters, according to local authorities. Plumes of dust have engulfed some parts of the province, reduced visibility and impacting the breathing of many. The provincial capital Karachi – Pakistan’s largest city, with a population of 22 million – has shut malls and businesses along the coast. CNN
We are working to assist those affected, but there is a dire need for shelter, food, and water due to the rising number of homeless and displaced families. At least 33 million people have been affected by deadly flooding in Pakistan, the worst humanitarian disaster of this decade. We are working to assist those affected -- but there is a "dire" need for shelter and relief due to the rising number of homeless and displaced families. The southern province of Sindh, which has been badly hit by the flooding, has asked for 1 million tents, while neighboring Balochistan province -- largely cut off from electricity, gas and the internet -- has requested 100,000 tents, she added. The monsoon rains had affected some 3 million people in Pakistan of which 184,000 have been displaced. Since mid-June, when the monsoon began, more than 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) of road, 130 bridges and 495,000 homes have been damaged.
Disaster relief, providing shelter, food, and water. Torrential rains caused widespread flooding and damage in Pakistan's financial capital Karachi on Monday, even inundating the business district. Karachi experienced an unprecedented 126 millimeters (4.96 inches) of rain had fallen in three hours. The streets of affluent areas such as the Defense Housing Authority complex and Clifton were flooded, with water gushing into houses. Karachi's main streets, which house financial institutions and bank headquarters including Pakistan's central bank, were flooded and rescue services were using boats to reach stranded people. In southwest Balochistan province, about a dozen villages in Lasbela district were submerged as the Winder River overflowed and water flooded into houses. Many people died do to the rains and over 500 rescued.
Support victims of violence and their families. The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack on a Shia Mosque in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar that killed at least 61 people and injured another 196.A post from ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said a suicide bomber trained by the militant group had carried out the attack, which struck the mosque during Friday prayers. The attacker walked into Kucha Risalda Mosque during Friday prayers, he started firing indiscriminately at the police and then set off the explosives on him.