Former Prime Minister and President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, on Monday hosted an international telethon to raise funds for flood victims.
According to Senator Faisal Khan, who hosted the telethon, a total of 5 billion rupees was pledged during the transmission which lasted over three hours.
Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief ministers – Pervaiz Elahi and Mahmood Khan – along with ex-assistant prime minister for social welfare Sania Nishtar, and sports and showbiz celebrities joined Imran Khan’s telethon .
Speaking during the live session, the PTI chief said that the whole country has been affected by the floods generated by the consecutive monsoon rains. He said more than 1,000 people have died due to devastating floods and the damage is expected to exceed 1 trillion rupees.
“The only solution to prevent disasters caused by floods is to build dams,” said the head of the PTI.
Huge relief operation underway as Pakistan flood death toll rises
The PTI president said he will personally oversee the flood relief and rehabilitation work with the same intensity as he fights for “true independence”.
People from inside the country and abroad spoke directly to Imran Khan by phone to offer their donations to the flood victims.
British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan also joined the telethon and announced 5 million rupees for flood victims. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan announced Rs 30 million during the live broadcast.
Senior reporter Sabir Shakir also announced donations of Rs 500,000 for those affected by the floods.
The death toll exceeds 1,100
Pakistan is struggling to cope with monsoon floods that have affected more than 33 million people in the country.
Authorities said 1,136 people have died since the start of seasonal rains in June, but the final toll could be higher as hundreds of villages in the mountainous north have been cut off by flood-swollen rivers that washed away roads and bridges.
Pakistan has recorded 784% more rainfall than normal so far this year (Sherry Rehman)
According to a situation report by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), 1,634 people were injured in various incidents related to rain and floods, and more than 735,375 livestock were lost. Additionally, more than 3,451 kilometers of roads, 149 bridges, 170 stores and 949,858 homes were damaged across the country.
Earlier Monday, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said economic losses from the floods could amount to $10 billion.
The annual monsoon is essential for irrigating crops and replenishing lakes and dams in the Indian subcontinent, but it can also bring destruction.