FLOODS IN PAKISTAN
As with all rapid response assemblies, you might need to update this assembly prior to use.
Suitable for Key Stage 2
To explore the impact of the recent flooding in Pakistan.
Preparation and resources
Ask the children if they know of any natural disasters that have taken place recently.
(They might mention the Horn of Africa and the Japanese earthquake, as well as the recent flooding in Pakistan.)
- Show the images that you have downloaded. Explain that the recent monsoon rains in Pakistan have caused enormous floods, which have affected millions of people.
- It is possible that you haven’t heard about the floods. We have seen lots of images of people starving in Africa but, over the past few weeks in the UK, we have been seeing images of economic problems in our country rather than what’s happening to the people in Pakistan.
- It is thought that nearly 700,000 houses have been damaged and many people have had to leave their homes, their animals and everything they own to move to high ground. For many of them, this means living on roads, which are raised up above the level of the fields. The water swirls around them and, in an area like Pakistan, this means that there is a real risk from waterborne diseases, such as diarrhoea, and from bites from the snakes that swim in the flood water. At least 200 people have died. Many more will also die unless aid reaches these people quickly.
- The local government experienced flooding like this last year too, and it opened camps for the people to go to. But these camps have too many people and too few resources.
- Unless the aid organizations work with the Pakistani government to act quickly, the people who desperately need help will not get it in time.
Time for reflection
Listen to this prayer from the Bible and think for a while about how the lives of the people in Pakistan have been affected by the floods.
Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.
I am weary with my crying;
my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.
We can’t imagine how awful life is for these people, half of whom are children.
But we can think about how we can help.
Many of you will know people who have family directly affected by the floods – how can you support them at this time?
Many charities are appealing for money to help with this crisis. How could your school contribute?
Let’s be quiet for a moment, and pray in our own ways for the people who have been made homeless through these floods.
Song and music
‘When I needed a neighbour’ (Come and Praise, 65)
‘Fragile’ by Sting, widely available to download.