Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Disaster Relief For Pakistan
Victor P Taffa
The State Government will donate $100,000 to support the Australian Red Cross’ Pakistan disaster relief appeal, Premier Colin Barnett announced today.
The Premier said Pakistan was facing one of the major disasters of our time.
“The devastating floods in Pakistan have killed 1,600 people, destroyed 750,000 homes and affected more than 20 million people so far.” Premier Barnett said.
“Today’s donation on behalf of Western Australia will be used by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for a range of disaster relief measures including Basic Food and Household Needs, Emergency Shelter and Emergency Health Services.” the Premier said.
In addition to the 6,000 Pakistani students studying in Australia, there are more than 17,000 Pakistan-born people living here, including 1,100 in Western Australia.
The Pakistan Government now estimates that more than a third of the country has been directly affected by the floods while health organisations are increasingly concerned about the risks of dehydration and water-borne diseases such as Cholera.