Dutch aid campaign for Pakistan flood victims

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After widespread protests from the public the joint Dutch aid organisations have agreed to start collecting money for Pakistan flood victims.

The groups' umbrella organisation, SHO, turned down requests earlier this week saying that that a collection would not yield enough to even cover the costs of a nationwide campaign. SHO argued that many people were on holiday and unaware of the scale of the flooding disaster. Moreover, many people had expressed doubts over corruption levels and Taliban influence in Pakistan, which would prevent aid money from reaching the victims.

SHO chair, Farah Karimi, said her organisation decided to respond to calls from members of the public by opening the 555 giro account which is customarily activated for aid campaigns.

Some fourteen million Pakistanis have been affected by downpours, floods and landslides. The United Nations on Wednesday said that 354 million euros are needed to provide emergency aid to the victims over the next three months.

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