Doctors to fly to Pakistan to help flood victims

October 6, 2010 8:28:12 PM PDT
Two and a half months ago, rains poured down on Pakistan and created the worst natural disaster in decades. According to the United Nations, right now 20 million people are injured, homeless or both. On Thursday, a group of local doctors will fly to Pakistan to help.

Even though the Pakistan floods hit more than two months ago, the need for relief aid and medical personal is great, and many Houstonians are donating their resources and skills.

Dr. Kashif Ansari has already made a trip to Pakistan to lend his medical skills but to also gather information. The pictures he took show but a fraction of the devastation and make shift camps.

It's estimated that as many as 2,000 people have been killed and a thousand more stranded by flooding because of annual monsoon rains.

Dr. Ansari's last trip left him speechless.

"I can't put in words. I mean people are starving for food and water," Dr. Ansari said. "I have incidents seen with my own naked eyes where people die because they haven't eaten in nine days, because the families cannot get a drop of water."

During the day, Dr. Ansari will work in medical camps. In the evening, through his foundation, he will tour devastated village communities and begin working on a model to redevelop the villages and the small businesses that were lost.

His 10-day trip begins Thursday.


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