DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal hits £35m

25/08/2010

The Disasters Emergency Committee today announced that their appeal for people affected by the Pakistan floods has raised £35m.

The new figure was revealed during the visit to the DEC offices today (Wednesday, 25 August) of the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Disasters Emergency Committee Chief Executive Brendan Gormley said:

“The UK public have led the world with their generosity but there is an enormous amount of work still to be done in Pakistan. Our members and their partners have reached 800,000 people so far, but millions still need help.

Mr Clegg was joined on the visit to the DEC’s Euston offices in London by International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell and Baroness Warsi, both of whom have recently returned from seeing how UK aid is helping flood surviviors in Pakistan.

The disaster has already claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people and has directly affected more than 17 million people.

A summary of DEC Member Agency activities in Pakistan can be found here.

To make a donation to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, visit http://www.dec.org.uk or donate over the counter at any post office or high street bank, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word GIVE to 70707 – see details below.

Anyone wanting to stay up to date with developments in Pakistan, the emergency response and the fundraising efforts can follow the DEC on twitter at http://twitter.com/decappeal or become a fan of ‘Disasters-Emergency-Committee-DEC’ on Facebook.

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Notes to editors:

  • To make a postal donation make cheques payable to ‘DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal’ and mail to ‘PO Box 999, London, EC3A 3AA’.
  • Donations can be made at any high street bank.
  • To donate at a Post Office quote Freepay 1384.
  • To donate £5 by text send the word GIVE to 70707. A standard network rate charge will apply.
  • The DEC consists of: Action Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, World Vision.