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Help needed for Pakistan and Niger crises

Posted by David Hughes on September 23, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Local MP urges local people in Hounslow to join aid efforts for Pakistan and Niger crises

Alan Keen, MP for Feltham and Heston has echoed the calls of Brendan Gormley, the Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in thanking local people for their “incredible” generosity to the Pakistan Floods Appeal, and urging those who haven’t yet given to do so – as the disaster tragically continues to unfold in slow motion.

The DEC is the umbrella group for Britain’s leading aid and relief charities including Oxfam, Save the Children and Christian Aid – and has already raised an incredible £29 million to support relief efforts.

Over 20 million people in Pakistan are now affected by the devastating floods, and agencies like UNICEF are warning of the increasing threat to survivors from water-borne diseases.

At the same time the West African country of Niger is facing what Oxfam has called a ‘double disaster’ of flooding and a food crisis. In the capital, Niamey, the River Niger has reached its highest level in more than 80 years, and thousands of people have lost their homes and rice fields after the river burst its banks.

The UN estimates that more than 110,000 people have been affected by flooding in Niger, many of whom are among the almost eight million already facing severe hunger.

Local MP, Alan Keen said:

“The response by people across Britain to the floods in Pakistan has been incredible, and I am proud that thousands of local people in Hounslow have joined the ever growing numbers doing their bit for the nearly 20 million people affected by this terrible disaster

“I was so delighted to hear that Hounslow Council and the local community will be holding an event at the Civic Centre to raise funds for the flood victims. This event has my wholehearted support.

“This crisis is sadly unfolding in deadly slow motion with the floods still spreading and a real risk of water-borne diseases now affecting millions of women, men and children.

“I would therefore urge anyone who hasn’t already done so, to consider donating to the DEC appeal. You can make a donation in all the usual ways, such as calling 0370 60 60 900 – and even donate £5 by texting the word GIVE to 70707.

“Receiving much less attention, but in no less need of support, the crisis in Niger is also affecting millions – hit by a double disaster of both food shortages and now flooding.

“I wrote to the Prime Minister two weeks ago asking for his Government to commit more funds to help the people of Pakistan. I was glad to see that the Government has recently doubled the amount of aid it is providing for people affected by the floods in Pakistan.

“Local people can support efforts to help people there by donating to agencies working there, such as Oxfam, by calling them on 0300 200 1300.”

Notes to Editors:

• A summary of DEC Member Agency efforts in Pakistan can be found at: The DEC consists of: Action Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, World Vision.

• To make a donation to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, visit or donate over the counter at any post office or high street bank, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word GIVE to 70707 – see details below. To make a postal donation make cheques payable to ‘DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal’ and mail to ‘PO Box 999, London, EC3A 3AA’.

• Donations to Oxfam’s Niger appeal can be made by visiting or calling 0300 200 1300

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