LCMS COLLECTS DONATIONS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

ZAREEN FATIMA QAZI  
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Aug 30 - Sep 05, 20
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Dr Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig, Advisor to the PM on Textile and Raza Haroon, IT Minister in Sindh visited flood relief camp set up by Liaquat College of Management and Sciences (LCMS). A four-day event arranged by event management society of LCMS to collect cash and in-kind donations for the flood victims saw good responses from students, teachers and some philanthropists contributed whole-heartedly..

Dr Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig appreciated the efforts of the students, teachers and the management of LCMS for this noble cause. Raza Haroon said that youth could take the country to the path of progress.

Almost every Pakistani is trying to contribute and support their countrymen affected by the recent devastating floods. Therefore, Liaquat College of Management and Sciences also came forward to help the flood victims. LCMS has donated medicines, sugar, dry milk, flour, bottled water, juices, clothes etc to Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF).

Students not only contributed donations but also actively participated in the event. Raza Haroon and Dr Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig appreciated the students for their participations and thanked the students, teachers, Principal/Director of LCMS, Khalil Ahmed, and the Chairman LCMS, Farhan Chishti for their support and help. These kinds of activities give opportunities to students to show their efforts and managerial qualities in doing something for a better cause.

The aim was clearly to motivate other schools and colleges to arrange this kind of activity. The flood victims need us as they are left with nothing.

The country's worst ever natural disaster has affected more than 21 million Pakistanis. Since the floods began a month ago, triggered by monsoon rains, the death toll has increased little from an early estimate of 1,500 people, but that is likely to change "significantly" once the seasonal rains end, says an official.

Of the 1,600 confirmed dead, 1,086 people were killed in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 183 in northern Gilgit-Baltistan district, 109 in southern Sindh, 103 in central Punjab, 71 in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and 48 in southwestern Balochistan. 2005 earthquake in Pakistan killed 73,000 however floods are more serious than the 2005 earthquake in terms of devastation and economic loss. Losses are being estimated to be more than $43 billion dollars. Flooding has also engulfed 20 percent of the land, including huge areas of rich farming pastures on which Pakistan's struggling economy depends.

The United Nations has warned that Pakistan's worst humanitarian crisis was deepening. For nearly a month, torrential monsoon rain has triggered massive floods steadily moving from north to south, affecting a fifth of Pakistan. Pakistan's worst humanitarian disaster has left eight million dependent on aid for their survival and washed away huge swathes of the rich farmland on which the country's struggling economy depends. The Pakistani government has confirmed 1,600 people dead and 2,366 injured, but officials warn that millions are at risk from disease and food shortages.

Pakistan's disaster agency says there would be a "significant rise" in the death toll as waters recede and the numbers of missing are counted. In terms of surface area, Sindh is now the worst-affected province of the country. Out of its 23 districts, 19 have so far been ravaged by floods, said a statement by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The United Nations has warned that 800,000 people in desperate need of aid had been cut off by the deluge across the country and appealed for more helicopters to deliver supplies to those people reachable only by air. It is being estimated that around 4.5 million people urgently need shelter and there are serious concerns about rising malnutrition among children, with up to 20 per cent of children in affected areas now suffering from diarrhea-related diseases.

LCMS' students took the collected material to KKF for distribution to the flood victims. The goods were received by MQM leader, Nasreen Jalil. She thanked the students, teachers, management, principal and the chairman of Liaquat College of Management and Sciences.