Published: 12:38 GMT Daylight Time - Thursday 12 August 2010
Pakistan: Christian families rescued from remote village receive Barnabas aid
Two senior members of Barnabas Aid's projects team will be interviewed about the flood crisis in Pakistan on live television on Tuesday evening (August 17).
Over 100 stranded Christian families who were rescued from a remote village are among the thousands of Pakistani flood victims receiving aid from Barnabas Aid.
The army helped to transport the villagers from Rangpur Khare, Muzaffargarh, in Punjab Province, on Tuesday (August 10) night to a place of safety where they are now being cared for by Barnabas Aid partners.
Main Christian communities within flood areas
The 102 families are among the thousands of Christians who are receiving aid including food, water and medicine thanks to generous and swift donations from our supporters around the world since an emergency appeal was launched Monday (August 2).
Barnabas Aid's regional co-ordinator for South Asia said:
"Our partners at local churches and Christian organisations are working tirelessly to rescue and help those whose homes and lives have been devastated by the flooding.
"Every day more victims who have been stranded by the waters are found, and the need for aid and supplies to help these brothers and sisters is relentless."
Up to 200,000 Christians affected by Pakistan floods
The scene is increasingly desperate with the disaster zone stretching from the Swat Valley in the north to Sindh in the south, and the tally of people affected has now topped 14 million.
Based on the Christian population of the flooded areas - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Punjab Province and Sindh Province - it is estimated that between 150,000 and 200,000 Christians may be affected.
The United Nations this week rated the Pakistan floods as the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history as the number of people affected surpassed the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and the earthquakes in Pakistan in 2005 and Haiti in January this year.
|Christians in Kot Addu, Muzaffargarh, attempt to salvage belongings through the floodwaters|
- That the authorities and relief organisations are equipped with the resources and manpower they need to reach and help the ever-growing number of victims.
- For relief from the rain and that the water levels start to subside so that rehabilitation work can begin.
- For Christians who have lost everything to experience hope in the Lord as they feel helpless and fearful about the future.
Donations may be made to the 00-634 Disaster Relief Aid.