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Overseas Pakistanis urged to help.

PESHAWAR, Aug. 13 -- Advisor to Prime Minister and provinical president Pakistan People's Party (PPP) women wing Asma Alamgir on Thursday urged oversees Pakistani to come forward and generously contribute for the assistance and rehabilitation of flood affected people.

"The magnitude of devastation caused by the record-breaking floods in our country is much bigger than the tsunami and we need to work together to help assist our needy brethren in this hour of trial," she said while talking to mediamen after visiting Pakistan Baitul Mall (PBM) relief camp at Government Girls Degree College Pabbi in district Nowshera.

Managing Director PBM Zamrud Khan accompanied the PPP leader. Speaking on the occasion, Asma informed that a meeting of UN aid agencies and government representatives would be held in federal capital to discus strategy and plans for the relief and rehabilitation of the hundreds of thousands of flood-affected people. She hoped that the outcomes of the meeting would be encouraging.

Asma said, "Pakistan badly needs food, medicines, construction materials, shelter and tents for over 10 million displaced people.

She revealed that the government would approach International Doctors Forum for seeking its assistance to avoid possible outbreak of water-borne diseases and other epidemics.

PPP leader further informed that US would shortly send more helicopters for help and rescue of stranded people. Pak army is also making hectic efforts to safely rescue the people stranded in Kohistan, Swat and Upper Dir.

MD PBM informed that the government had allocated Rs50 million for rehabilitation and assistance of flood affectees.

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Publication:The Statesman (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 13, 2010
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