Text "SWAT" to 50555 To Provide Contributions for Pakistani Flood Victims

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 2, 2010
People Stand on Remains of Bridge Washed Away by Flood Waters in Pakistan

Update:U.S. Response to Pakistan's Flooding Disaster | Secretary Clinton's StatementHow you can help: Text "SWAT" to 50555 from your phone to give $10 and help the flood victims in Pakistan.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has partnered with mGive again to allow mobile contributions for the flood victims in Pakistan.

UNHCR emergency response teams are distributing tents, relief supplies, and humanitarian assistance to an estimated 200,000 people displaced by the recent flooding.

Last week's torrential rain and the following flash floods have affected more than 1.5 million people in Northwestern Pakistan. Water-borne disease is a major concern at this time.

In Balochistan, UNHCR is delivering 4,000 tents, 2,700 plastic sheets, 2,200 kitchen sets, and 4,000 plastic mats to the hardest hit areas. So far, in Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, UNHCR is also distributing 3,000 tens in Nowshera District.

Anyone in the United States can now text the word "SWAT" to 50555 to give $10 and help these flood victims. Every $10 helps provide tents and emergency aid to displaced families. When prompted, reply with "YES" to confirm your gift.

Comments

Comments

Patrick
|
Maryland, USA
August 2, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Hi, Fellow DipNote News Followers. :)

Sorry,to here,about the weather and flooding
in Pakistan.
The weather this year has been really wild and
caused alot of people problems. Especially with regards too,fires and flooding .
I just saw on the internet,that Russia is have the hotest summer on record there,and had
forest fires that burned some villages to the ground almost.
Every time i turn on the Tv or Computer,there
seems to be a country flooding or burning,even
here in the U.S our weather has been getting out of control Lately.

Hopefully this isn't the start,of worse weather too come. Sence storm season just started here. Good Luck Everyone...)

PWalsh
|
United States
August 3, 2010

P.W. in the U.S.A. writes:

Thank you for pointing out the need for help. I am unable to donate from my cell phone (pre-paid type) so I searched for the UNHCR website. I found the donation page where I can specify Pakistan flood relief. Here is a link to help others who might have the same problem that I have and wish to donate. Just select Pakistan Flood Emergency in the drop-down box.

http://tinyurl.com/284qxzg

Ruth C.
|
United States
August 3, 2010

Ruth A.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

August 3, 2010

Message to the White House:

Please send emergency food and water supplies to the flood victims of Pakistan.
Airlifting in some rafts and tents can save lives in the region. Medical supplies are also
essential to survival.Red Crescent, Red Cross
where are you? This is such an unexpected disaster. Inshallah.

Ali K.
|
California, USA
August 6, 2010

Ali K. in California writes:

I hail all those who are helping the flood victims one way or the other. I am from the Nowshehra district of KhybePukhtoonkhwa (formerly NWFP) and our village was completely flooded, with water level reaching the windows and washing away large sections of homes.

As per my conversations with my family there,there is a grave shortage of food. People are drinking whatever water they can find (which will cause severe illness). Waterborne diseases are another threat. I have also heard that the price of Roti (loaf of bread) has doubled in price. A vast majority of the people could hardly afford proper food due to skyrocketing inflation even before the flood, now the price-gougers are adding insult to injury. I curse them

Plz help in anyway that you can, and follow on by sending a message or writing an email to the relevant relief organization. Sometimes, the scope of disaster makes them loose perspective. But they do an excellent job and all my appreciations and sincere thanks are to them.

We will not forget!

Daanish A.
|
District Of Columbia, USA
August 10, 2010

Daanish A. in Washington DC writes:

Upset that this has not receieved the coverage and attention that it deserves. Such a loss of human life of catastrophe--said to be larger than all of the recent events put together.

Sad.

patycool
|
Florida, USA
August 13, 2010

Paty in Florida writes:

It is time to help Pakistan, They may need few submarines for helping flood devastated people. Few F16 to drop relief food pouch. Couple of dozen Drones to locate the land to build runways.

Rao
|
Texas, USA
August 14, 2010

Rao in Texas writes:

Grow up Paty... a life lost in New Orleans or a person dieing in floods in Pakistan is a loss to each and everyone of us (humanity). and by us I mean you and me at least i still think that way. The time for some of these intellect was when some of the most democratic countries were supporting the corrupt dictators and corrupt democracy's for years and years all around the world. i just was surfing to find a rite way to help so that people who are in need get it in time of this need... when i came across these comments and could not stop my self to show some of us (you and me) a mirror.
I hope you open your eyes and get some news of world and think as human for once please... and yes we need whole bunch of humanistic thinkers these days rather than some narrow minds.

kausar f.
|
Rhode Island, USA
August 14, 2010

Kausar F. in Rhode Island writes:

muslims and perticularly pakistani can give their EID FITRANA which is also$10 per person in this fund.this is one of the best use of fitrana.

Vanessa
|
New York, USA
August 15, 2010

Vanessa in New York writes:

thank you rao for your comment. well put. It angers me when people are so ignorant that they act so inhumanely towards people of other religions and nations. When people are in devastation and are suffering, the world should be there to help them. People are people no matter where they are from. And these are innocent people suffering, btw, many of them children without any connection to extremism/violence and terror as ignorant people believe them to have. I don't understand people like you Paty..what does your comment even mean? go and educate yourself about the world and about others. this appeal is for flood victims not for terrorists. I hope we can all use our own means to spread the word to other on how they can help/donate.

Sohail Z.
|
Texas, USA
August 18, 2010

Sohail Z. in Texas writes:

Paty, its very disapointing message.If you can't help some one atleast write few encouraging words. Our goal should be to help humanity.

freddy
|
California, USA
August 19, 2010

Freddy in California writes:

I gave, as Sec. Clinton suggested. Giving for this cause has been woefully low in contrast to other recent disasters, i.e. Haiti Earthquake. Suffering is suffering however and it would be a good example of American compassion to assist these people of so different a culture from our own.

Afzal Y.
|
Pakistan
August 19, 2010

Afzal R. in Pakistan writes:

Thank you America and God Bless for standing with pakistan. This is how you win hearts and minds. Thank you Ms. Hillary Clinton for all what you are doing for alleviating the sufferings of the affectees.We appreciate your efforts and energy. It is easy to talk about numbers, numbers of victims, quantity of aid, but what I saw yesterday, the sick children, the frightened and helpless mothers, it touches our common humanity and makes our differences seem petty. A friend in need is a friend indeed.

Hilda H.
|
California, USA
August 20, 2010

Hilda H. in California writes:

I hope and pray that Pakistani people receive the aid they need to survive.

David
|
California, USA
August 20, 2010

David in California writes:

My heart goes out to those suffering in Pakistan.

I will be sending a lot more than ten dollars.

Lauren
|
District Of Columbia, USA
August 20, 2010

Lauren in Washington writes:

I texted the number with the message "Swat" and got a message back that I had donated to "Hope for Haiti Now." Also a good cause, but not my intention. Could someone look into this?

Arsalan
|
Pakistan
August 21, 2010

Arsalan in Pakistan writes:

Thanks to all who stand with Pakistan in this hour of need.

Saleem K.
|
Delaware, USA
August 21, 2010

Saleem K. in Delaware writes:

It is unbelievable what is happening in Pakistan. All of us should help those flood victims, the way we helped poor people in Haiti

Shad
|
District Of Columbia, USA
August 21, 2010

Shad in Washington DC writes:

Although I will not utilize the Mobile phone to donate; nevertheless, I will donate to various NGOs whom provide relief to the Pakistanis…i.e. www.IslamicReliefUSA.org/Flood , https://usa.wfp.org/donate/pakistan, and Oxfam.

Great Effort by the Secretary of State!
Vr
SKL

Shirley
|
North Carolina, USA
August 22, 2010

Shirley in North Carolina writes:

I wish everyone with Pay As You Go and minutes they've never used would donate them on these causes. I urge everyone to give. I am retired or I would be volunteering to help. This is what life is all about. Helping those in need regardless of country, etc. God bless all of you who are there doing the work!!

Majid P.
|
Pakistan
August 26, 2010

Majid A. in Pakistan writes:

Hi,
First of all very thanks to help our country.
I am physical therapist & i have to keen join your team work for flood as volunteer bases .I have already working experience with International NGO's(Merlin International, help age, International Development and Relief Foundation Project of Toronto University ) in earth quake since 2005-2009
Project detail: Home Assessment for wheel chair users, Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury Research & Rehabilitation, Institutional based & Community based Rehabilitation
waiting for your kind response

DipNote Bloggers reply:
Majid, thanks for your note! Most of the organizations right now are looking for monetary donations or supplies, but you could contact them to ask about volunteer opportunities. Several major NGOs active in flood relief work are listed here: http://www.state.gov/p/sca/ci/pk/flood/index.htm

Iris
|
United States
August 27, 2010

Iris in the U.S.A. writes:

I know that some people in my country have prejudgements about people in Pakistan. Partly because of this, I chose to donate today to your relief effort to let the people of Pakistan that not all Americans feel this way. There is both love and fear on this planet, and one can be of any nationality or from any religious group, ethnicity, country, etc. to have love or fear in their hearts. I am sorry that many in Pakistan are suffering. My hope is this:

May you be filled with loving kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
May you be happy.

May all beings be filled with loving kindness.
May all beings be well.
May all beings be peaceful and at ease.
May all beings be happy.

Peace,
Iris

nayab A.
|
Kuwait
August 28, 2010

Nayab A. in Kuwait writes:

hie..well its a big sorrow that so many peoples in pk are facing so many problems because of flood.And all world is helping the country for flood relief..but the fact is that the funds are not being provided to the poor peoples.and its really sad to know for us.even its a big shame aswell.prisident should think about it..peoples in other countries are now being disapoint by listening and watching these news on tvs..i think this realy wrong..the funds and luggages which are being sent to pak day by day should be given to the poor cities peopples..still its being listening dat poor peoples have nothing to eveb drink..for fastig etc,,this is really wrong..pak peoples and goverment should stop being such cruel n selfish n pls help out to those peoples who deserve this all THANKXXXwe hope we,ll hear somthing pleasant in upcoming news and updates

Abid A.
|
Pakistan
September 16, 2010

Abid A. in Pakistan writes:

Salam
Proud to Be A SWATAIN

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