The Swiss charity, Caritas, has pledged a donation of SFr100,000 to help flood victims in southern Poland.This content was published on August 6, 2001 - 14:07
The money will go into a special fund for emergencies, and will enable Caritas employees and volunteers to travel to the area to distribute food, drinking water, clothing and blankets to those worst hit by the disaster.
The destruction caused by the flooding of the Vistula River in July was extensive, with housing, roads, public buildings and dams all severely damaged.
Many residents of the area have lost everything and the future appears bleak for them. The flooded region suffers from the country's highest unemployment levels, and many victims do not have the financial means to rebuild their lives.
In addition to the emergency supplies being dispatched to the area, Caritas is providing insecticides and disinfectant to impede the outbreak of epidemics.
The organisation will also distribute water pumps, building materials and tools to make houses habitable once again.
The charity will also help area recover economically by assisting in agricultural production once again.
swissinfo with agencies.
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