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Monday photo: saved from drowning but not from disease

You may have heard from news reports that the flooding in Pakistan is the worst humanitarian disaster to hit the country in recent memory.

But it’s worse than that. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who visited the disaster zone over the weekend, is calling it the worst disaster he had ever seen. Period.

You may have heard from news reports that the flooding in Pakistan is the worst humanitarian disaster to hit the country in recent memory.

But it’s worse than that. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who visited the disaster zone over the weekend, is calling it the worst disaster he has ever seen. Period.

How so? Because while the immediate casualties are still in the 4-digit range, the total number of people affected is massive. It’s more than the earthquake in Haiti; more than the Pakistan earthquake of 2005; more than the Tsunami. It’s more than all of those combined!

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8-year-old Amreen washes dishes in rainwater in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, where an estimated 2.5 million of the province’s 3.5 million residents have been affected by the disaster.

This is a photo of Amreen. She’s just one of the 6 million children in desperate need of clean water to stave off certain outbreaks of disease. UNICEF is now reaching 1 million with clean water.

We need your help to provide for the 5 million others in critical need … and the tens of millions more who have seen their lives disappear with the floodwaters.

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