Flooding Relief: How To Help Pakistan

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Flood-affected people walk past the rubble of collapsed houses near Nowshera, Pakistan, on Aug. 8, 2010. (AP)
Flood-affected people walk past the rubble of collapsed houses near Nowshera, Pakistan, on Aug. 8, 2010. (AP)

Since late July, monsoon rains have triggered heavy flooding in Pakistan, affecting millions of people. So how can you help? We've compiled a list of relief organizations accepting donations to aid victims.

Aid Groups

Boston-based Oxfam America, which focuses on issues of poverty and injustice, has a goal of providing more than 1 million people with clean water, sanitation facilities and other essential aid.

Grassroots International, a Boston-based international development and human rights organization, does not have a program in the nation but has put together a list of Pakistani groups for donors who wish to directly support groups working in the region.

The International Rescue Committee, which has had a presence in Pakistan since 1980, is accepting donations through its Crisis Watch Web page.


The American Red Cross is working with its partners, including the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, to assist those affected.

CARE is distributing emergency shelter materials and supplies, such as mosquito nets, plastic floor mats, water purification tablets, hygiene kits and kitchen kits.

Save the Children has staff in the region and is mobilizing to rush aid to displaced children and families who need essential supplies.

The United Nations World Food Programme is delivering emergency food supplies to families in the hardest-hit areas, hoping to reach up to 2 million people.

UNICEF's United States Fund is providing hygiene kits and repairing tube wells and has helped set up 24 medical camps.

Doctors Without Borders is working to reduce the risk of epidemics in Pakistan, as conditions created by flooding compound the possibility of outbreaks.

Church World Service is distributing food packages and tents for tens of thousands of families and the organization's mobile medical teams are providing emergency care.

Have other relief organizations we should add to our list? Let us know in the comments.

This program aired on August 19, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.