Mitchell, Warsi visit relief camp in flood hit northwest
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 20:42
Peshawar: UK's Minister for Development Andrew Mitchell and Conservative Party chairperson Sayeeda Warsi on Wednesday visited a relief camp in northwest Pakistan and urged the world community and donor agencies to help people cope with the situation arising from the unprecedented floods.

Mitchell and Warsi, while talking to the media, said the floods and torrential rains had wreaked havoc in Pakistan and appealed to the world community to rise to the occasion.

The Britain government has announced donations of 50 million dollars and will make more pledges.

"I have come to here to express solidarity and to assess the damages," Mitchell said.

Britain stands by the people in Pakistan at this critical hour and the British government will extend maximum possible support to them, he said.

Mitchell promised to seek more funds at the UN General Assembly's special session to be held tomorrow to discuss the floods in Pakistan.

The world community will be apprised about the level of destruction and damages at the meeting, he said.

Warsi said Britain-based Pakistanis have collected 13 million pounds for flood victims and appealed to people of other communities to donate generously.

The rehabilitation of flood-hit areas will be a continuous process based on a sustained and long-term strategy, she said.

The international community should continue to support the calamity-hit South Asian country and the 20 million people displaced by the floods, they said.

Later, the visiting British delegation met flood victims in Pir Sabak area on the bank of the Kabul river.


First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 20:42

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