From the daily archives: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 – As flood waters threaten to engulf new communities in the south of Pakistan, the American Red Cross is increasing its support to $1 million to help families affected by the worst flooding in that country in more than 80 years.

“The extent of the devastation is massive, with the Pakistan government now estimating 20 million people are significantly affected by the floods,” says David Meltzer, senior vice president of international services for the American Red Cross. “With food supplies and crops destroyed, millions of people will need food aid, water and emergency relief for months to come.”

Thousands of Pakistan Red Crescent volunteers continue to distribute relief items, reaching approximately 350,000 people since the flooding started. And all of their available mobile emergency units are out in flood-affected communities and have now provided medical care to more than 30,000 people across the country.

The global Red Cross and Red Crescent network estimates that, in the near term, at least 6 million people will need emergency humanitarian assistance, in the form of safe water, tents and shelter materials, and medical help.

According to the United Nations, waterborne diseases continue to pose a risk to millions of people, especially children, living in the flood-affected areas. Contaminated water and the lack of medication are causing some of the main flood-related illnesses, such as respiratory tract infections and diarrhea, to be potentially deadly. Snakebites have also become a major medical issue.

In the northwest of the country, where the flash floods first struck, the waters have receded in many places and the devastation resembles an earthquake more than a flood, with bridges collapsed and houses destroyed. In the south, much of the affected area is still underwater, but hundreds of villages and countless thousands of acres of standing crops are still submerged, and the waters may not recede fully for more than a year.

Until now the American Red Cross had already pledged $250,000 for Pakistan relief – $150,000 worth of tarps, blankets and kitchen items as well as $100,000 in immediate financial support.

People who want to make a contribution to the Pakistan response can visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS to support American Red Cross and make a donation.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Counties “America’s most prepared communities.” With the public’s ongoing support we provide: life saving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit



San Diego – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry Monday stopped a man wanted by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on kidnapping charges.

At about 2 a.m., Luis Angel Salgado applied for admission into the United States at the border crossing as the passenger in a Honda Accord. The officer directed Salgado aside for further inspection.

CBP officers confirmed through fingerprint identification that Salgado, a 27-year-old U.S. citizen and resident of San Diego, was wanted on a no bail felony warrant for kidnapping for ransom, issued at the request of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Salgado is currently being held at the San Diego County Jail.

Also on Monday, CBP officers at other ports of entry along the California/Mexico border stopped an additional ten persons with active warrants for their arrest, for charges varying from probation violations and larceny, to charges related to drug offenses and other charges


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