Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stand up

The biggest natural disaster of our lifetime happened four weeks ago.

So far twenty million people have been affected by the floods in Pakistan. The waterlogged area stretches hundreds of kilometres and roughly equates to the size of the UK.

The weather bureau predicts that torrential rain will continue to pour down on Pakistan for the next three weeks.

Currently only 60% of the required $490million to kick start the relief effort has been collected. There are a number of reasons blamed for this

- Donation fatigue with a calamity of natural disasters occurring in the last few years [2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake]

- The fear of terrorism and the misappropriation of funds

- The lack of mainstream media attention

ABC radio including triple j are doing their bit tomorrow to raise funds and awareness. Tune in. Donate. Make a difference.

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