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Published on 07 September, 2010

Clean water the weapon to stave off second wave disaster

Pakistan (MNN) — Pakistan's displaced flood victims say a
lack of clean water and high temperatures are causing illnesses sweeping
through relief camps with children most at risk.

Dr. K.P. Yohannan, president of Gospel for Asia, emphasized,
"Clean water is a definite priority,
and it is our joy to give out 'cups of water' in the name of Jesus."

To that end, GFA Compassion Services teams are providing
clean drinking water. Among those
affected are at least 1,000 Christians, including several GFA-supported
missionaries and their congregations.

Overall, seventeen million Pakistanis have been affected, and
the United Nations says only 64 percent of the funds required to meet the $458
million cost of the crisis have been found.
Of those seventeen million, almost five million are still without
shelter.

The combination of over-population in the camps, inadequate
sanitation, and contaminated drinking water is deadly. Thousands
are contracting waterborne diseases among the most vulnerable populations of
women and children.

For those who are able to help in the relief, Yohannan said
they view the floods as an opportunity rather than a setback: "Calamities
and crisis and pain–regardless of country or culture–[are a] huge opportunity
for us to demonstrate God's love for these people."

Pray specifically for safety and health of those in the
areas where contaminated water brings the threat of disease. You can help. Click here.

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