By Neva Khan, Pakistan Country Director for Oxfam Great Britain (originally posted 4 August 2010)
I regularly travel to Peshawar for meetings but my drive to the city this morning was a grim reminder that more needs to be done to help those who have lost everything during these floods.
The drive to Peshawar is usually very scenic but today both sides of the road were covered with families and whatever little belongings they had left.
On our way back, we saw many people gathered on the road, fighting to get tents for temporary shelter. Very few were successful. It made me realize how we consider a tent an item but for most of these people, it is the closest thing to a home at this point.
Over 3 million have been impacted by these floods and 1400 have been killed. More needs to be done and time is running out. Oxfam is working as quickly as possible and our relief operations have started in Swat, Noshera, D. I. Khan and Dadu. Please donate to help us respond to the urgent needs of millions of people.
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