Nestlé Pakistan has committed to donating 250,000 liters of clean drinking water and 10,000 liters of milk, in the second phase to support vulnerable communities affected by the devastating floods following National Disaster Management Authority’s (NDMA) calls for flood relief efforts across Pakistan.
The company has already sent 60,000 liters of water to NDMA for flood relief efforts in Balochistan earlier last month.
Highlighting the efforts, Samer Chedid, CEO of Nestlé Pakistan said, “Access to clean drinking water is the biggest concern for communities displaced by flooding across Pakistan and that’s where we are focusing the bulk of our efforts.”
He added that the company had invited its employees to make voluntary donations to the affected communities. The donation intimations by employees will be matched 1:1 by Nestlé Pakistan.
Nestlé will be mobilizing relief supplies, in the form of 250,000 liters of water and 10,000 liters of milk, through the federal and provincial governments.
Nestlé Pakistan will be working closely with national and provincial disaster management authorities to support them in relief work for the people and the communities affected by natural calamities. The company is working tirelessly to ensure that much-needed food and beverage products are available for our consumers across Pakistan.
At Nestlé, we care deeply for people and for the communities in which we operate, and we believe we have an essential role to play during times of crisis.
Floods wreak havoc in Pakistan
Pakistan recently witnessed the heaviest recorded summer rain in over a decade which caused mass destruction to almost one-third of the country. Several districts in Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, and KPK witnessed severe flooding.
The monsoon flooding has affected more than 33 million people in the country. Unprecedented and historical flash floods caused by abnormal monsoon rains have washed away roads, crops, infrastructure, and bridges, killing more than 1,000 people in recent weeks.
As a result, the federal government has estimated a loss of at least $10 billion caused by weeks of torrential rains and subsequent floods, with Sindh, in particular, suffering damages of over $1.6bn (Rs355bn) as all major crops have been destroyed.