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UK raises £42m for Pakistan floods

The aid appeal for flood-hit Pakistan has raised a total of £42 million.

The appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) raised £9.5 million in week one, £11.2 million in week two and £19.3 million in week three.

Organisers have praised the British public for their "unprecedented" response.

The worst floods to hit the country in decades left at least 1,600 people dead and an estimated 20 million homeless.

At their peak, the floodwaters submerged or affected almost one fifth of the country.

Millions are yet to receive help and the UN has warned that additional funding for emergency food is urgently needed.

The DEC, an umbrella organisation representing 13 leading UK aid agencies including the British Red Cross, Oxfam and Save the Children, launched its appeal three-and-a-half weeks ago.

To make a donation, people can call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, visit or donate over the counter at any post office or high street bank, or send a cheque.

They can also donate £5 by texting the word GIVE to 70707.


From Belfast Telegraph