August 27, 2010

International Support for Pakistan Tops $815 Million

Posted in Philanthropy at 8:30 pm by philanthropynews

According to Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the international community has now given or pledged more than $815 million to his flood-ravaged country, even as the surging Indus River forces hundreds of thousands of people in the southern part of the country to evacuate their homes and villages, the Associated Press reports.

The flooding that began in late July in northwest Pakistan after exceptionally heavy monsoon rains has since covered eastern Punjab province and Sindh province in the south, inundating almost a fifth of the country and straining the country’s resources as the government struggles to quell al-Qaida and Taliban violence. Some twenty million people have been affected by the flooding, and as many as eight million people have been left homeless.

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