Pakistan Floods: How You Can Help

Thursday, Aug 12, 2010  |  Updated 4:15 PM PDT
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Pakistan Floods: How You Can Help

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A villager is rescued by a Pakistan's Navy helicopter from flooded area of Ghaus Pur near Sukkur, in Pakistan's Sindh province, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari returned home to a storm of criticism after visiting Europe as his country was gripped by the worst floods in its history. His arrival Tuesday came as thousands of people fled a major city in central Pakistan as rivers threatened to submerge the area. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

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Hundreds of people have died, 2 million have been displaced and 14 million lives have been disrupted by exceptionally heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan since July. The U.N. says that even more lives could be lost if aid doesn't arrive soon.

Here's how you can help:

Donate, donate, donate (cash)
The U.S. government and most major relief organizations say that one of the very best ways to help is through cash. Cash donations are easily transferred overseas, don't consume manpower and warehouse space, and can be used by volunteers for the most pressing issues at hand.

For general donations, text "SWAT" to 50555 to donate $10 to help flood victims (UN refugee agency and mGive)

For specific aid initiatives, you can look at various organizations that are involved in Pakistan flood relief efforts at InterAction

A few highlights from that list include (and are definitely not limited to):
CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe)
USA for UNHCR (USA for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees)
UNICEF (U.N. Children's Fund)

Volunteer/non-monetary contributions
If you have specific skills (medicine, engineering, communications, etc.) and want to volunteer your time and energy, go to Center for International Disaster Information.

What is the U.S. government doing?
Go to USAID (United States Agency for International Development) to find out.

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