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PTV and PBC staff to help Pakistan flood victims

Saturday 17 Sep 2011
Senior staff of Pakistan’s national broadcasters, PTV and PBC, will donate three days’ salary to help flood victims in Sindh province, Associated Press of Pakistan reports.

All employees of grade 16 and above of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, including the broadcasters, will donate. The money will go to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund for flood victims in Sindh.

This was decided at a meeting in Islamabad today chaired by the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan.

The minister herself will donate one month’s salary.

More than two million people in the province are suffering from flood-related diseases following torrential rain, BBC News quoted officials as saying.

More than 7,000 people are being treated for snake bites.

Aid agencies estimate that six million people have been affected by the floods and that cases of malaria and diarrhoea are increasing.

The UN’s refugee agency says that the flooding is so bad that some areas will remain submerged for six months.