Following a regional appeal by Robert Rankin, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific on 18 August 2010, donations from staff and clients in Asia were used by the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to purchase 240 tonnes of relief items including 8,000 tarpaulin sheets for use as temporary shelters. Food packages containing wheat flour, rice, lentils, cooking oil, salt, sugar and tea were distributed to 2,000 families.
In addition, Deutsche Bank Pakistan volunteers were also actively working on the ground. On 22 September, six staff members, with the support of the Pakistan army, made a round trip of approximately 600 kilometres from Karachi to distribute 5,000 water filters to flood victims living in temporary relief camps in Sehwan, Sind Province, which currently house over 2,000 families. The volunteers worked systematically to demonstrate to families the use and maintenance of the filters. They also translated the user manuals in local languages (Urdu and Sindhi) for the users. Army officials were appreciative of the Bank’s contributions and commented that the water filters were effective and very user-friendly.