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Service Programs

UPF-Japan Aids Pakistani Flood Victims

Islamabad, Pakistan - UPF-Japan volunteers delivered food and mattresses to victims of the July flooding in Pakistan. Junko Yamaguchi and Yoko Mori visited Pakistan Nov. 26-30, 2010, to organize and pack supplies and then deliver them to families at a camp in the Nowshera district in central Pakistan.

Food packs for 250 families contained 10 kilos of wheat flour, 3 kilos of rice, 2 kilos of lentils, 1 kilo of kidney beans, 1 kilo of vegetable oil, 2 kilos of spices, and 300 grams of tea. Woolen mattresses were also distributed.

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The project was carried out in cooperation with Service for Peace-Pakistan. Humayun Mughal, Secretary General of UPF-Pakistan, assisted the volunteers, and his family hosted them during their stay in Islamabad.

The floods began in July 2010 following heavy monsoon rains. At one point, approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's total land area was underwater. According to Pakistani government data, the floods directly affected about 20 million people, mostly by destruction of property, livelihood, and infrastructure, with a death toll of close to 2,000.

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