South Africa helping Pakistan flood victims

South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim Ebrahim is to hand over a cheque for R5 million to support the victims of floods in Pakistan.

The money, donated by the Oasis Group as part of their partnership with civil society and government, will be handed over in Cape Town today.

“Since inception, government has actively supported the plight of the poor and less fortunate communities and the eradication of all social disparities in any form and manifestations.

“We will continue to work in partnership with all stakeholders in the private sector and the civil society with a view to establish sustainable long term mechanisms in responding to calamities here at home and abroad,” said the Deputy Minister.

Around 20 million Pakistanis were displaced by monsoon floods four months ago in what has been termed the largest natural disaster the country has ever seen.

Over two weeks of heavy rains and floods killed 1 600 people and destroyed some 900 000 homes across the country.

The country has since also faced an outbreak of gastroenteritis, which was spread through contaminated flood water, and cholera. Thousands were hospitalized, mostly children, women and old people. – BuaNews-Xinhua

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