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    Pakistan flood relief fund launched

    James Kon

    A humanitarian aid fund for Pakistan in response to severe flooding that left a third of the country underwater was launched yesterday.

    Funds for flood victims will be collected over three months to give the public an opportunity to contribute directly while also enable organisations to host charitable activities, said Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohamad during the meeting of the National Committee for the Pakistan Flood Humanitarian Fund 2022.

    “In August, Pakistan was struck by the worst flooding in its history. The scale of the disaster is significant, with nearly 1,400 deaths and 13,000 injured, while more than 1.6 million houses were destroyed.

    “Pakistan declared 81 districts as disaster-hit areas, and more than 33 million people were affected.

    “A third of the country was submerged,” said the minister.

    Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin
    Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohamad at the launch of the SMS Brunei Prihatin for Pakistan Floods Humanitarian Fund 2022. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
    ABOVE & BELOW: The ministers at the National Committee for the Pakistan Flood Humanitarian Fund 2022 meeting; and members of the committee

    He said Secretary General of United Nations Antonio Guterres called for massive international support for Pakistan and emphasised the importance of understanding the impacts of climate change on low-income countries.

    He said the fund was set up “based on the International Disaster Humanitarian Fund guidelines and agreement between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), and National Disaster Management Centre”.

    Donors can contribute via donation boxes at mosques, banks, as well as commercial and public buildings across the country, or directly to the fund’s secretariat at the Management and Administration Division, Community Development Department at the MCYS building in Jalan Kebangsaan.

    The ‘SMS Brunei Prihatin for Pakistan Flood Humanitarian Fund 2022’ was also launched yesterday.

    The campaign to aid collection efforts for the fund, held in collaboration with Datastream Digital Sdn Bhd, Progresif Sdn Bhd and imagine Sdn Bhd, will end on January 12, 2023.

    The ceremony was officiated by Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman and the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports following the national committee meeting.

    The meeting was co-chaired by Permanent Secretary at the MoRA Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim and Permanent Secretary (Community) at the MCYS Hajah Nor Ashikin binti Haji Johari.

    Committee members include representatives from government agencies, non-government organisations and the private sector.

    Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin and Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi are special advisers to the committee, while Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Tashim bin Pengiran Haji Hassan is the deputy special advisor.

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