Red Crescent Society Releases $316,000 for Drought-Hit Areas in Pakistan

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has announced to release $316,000 in emergency funds for Pakistan Red Crescent Society.

The funds will be used for the Red Crescent volunteers and staff that will aim to reach 15,000 of the most vulnerable people of drought-hit areas of Sindh and Balochistan.

The IFRC report said in its report that the situation in the drought-affected areas is alarming as the level of malnutrition and diseases has gone way up.

It says people in the hardest hit areas are forced to drink salty or contaminated water.

According to IFRC, women in those areas, especially pregnant or breastfeeding women, and children are particularly vulnerable to diarrhea, vomiting, and fever.

“This will allow the Red Crescent to improve access to safe drinking water through solar boreholes, storage facilities, improved water treatment, and other services,” the IFRC’s head of the country office, Thomas Gurtner, said in a statement. “…the most vulnerable people (will) receive cash transfers that give them full control of providing for their families.”

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