Local charity is organising a flood appeal for Pakistan

By Paul Hardman   |   Reporter   |
Saturday 10th September 2022 9:33 am
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The One World Centre wants to collect money in the island to help the Pakistan flood disaster ()

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The One World Centre is organising an island-wide street collection this weekend (September 10-11).

It is in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal for the Pakistan floods.

Torrential rainfall has caused devastating flooding in the country affecting an estimated 33 million people – one in seven Pakistanis – with whole villages cut off and homes, schools, roads and crops washed away.

The DEC brings together 15 leading aid agencies at times of crisis overseas.

Seven of its member charities, including Islamic Relief and Save the Children, are already on the ground providing aid but say that funds are vital to reach more of those affected with food, clean drinking water and shelter.

OWC coordinator Wendy Shimmin said: ‘While the Isle of Man is no stranger to rainfall, the scale of disaster in Pakistan is immense.

‘With crops and livestock washed away, people in rural areas will find it increasingly difficult to feed themselves and with communications and power lines down it is challenging to reach many of those in greatest need.’

Volunteers will be collecting in the island’s main towns from Friday to Sunday.

There will also be a collection at Tesco on Friday.

OWC is asking anyone who is able to help out with the collection, especially in Ramsey and Peel, to contact Wendy Shimmin on 310191 or email [email protected]