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1. The Pakistan Flood Appeal: how you can help.
2. Make a donation to the Disaster Emergency Committee's Pakistan flood appeal.
3. Tidy Wales Week.
The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC), an umbrella organisation for 13 humanitarian agencies, has launched an appeal to help those affected by the floods in Pakistan.
So far, more than 1,600 people are believed to have been killed by the floods in Pakistan. In total, roughly 20 million people are thought to have been affected.
DEC chief executive Brendan Gormley said:"These floods have destroyed the lives of thousands of families,washing away entire villages and leaving millions of survivors suffering with little food or shelter.
"DEC member agencies and their partners are responding but with roads and bridges damaged the challenges we face are considerable. We urgently need the public’s help to save more lives."The British public has so far donated £19 million to the DEC appeal.
The UK government has doubled the amount of aid it is providing for people affected by flooding in Pakistan.
A further £33 million in aid is being made available, on top of the £31.3million already earmarked. £16.8 million of aid has so far been delivered, providing help for around 1.5 million people.
Aid provided by the UK government includes:
- 3,500 tents and 9,032 shelter kits, providing shelter for more than 62,000 people
- 24,000 water containers
- 48,625 blankets
- enough high energy food supplements to help half-a-million malnourished children and pregnant/breastfeeding women
- safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation facilities for 800,000 people
A £10 million bridge-building project has also been brought forward.
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ECO-NEWS: Tidy Wales Week
The following article originally appeared on www.keepwalestidy.org
With just under six weeks to go organisers Keep Wales Tidy are predicting that this year’s seven day nationwide clean-up of littered and vandalised black spots is set to be the biggest yet.
From 20 to 26 September under the banner of ‘Tidy Wales Week’ 60,000 volunteers are joining together in the battle to make Wales a cleaner country.
Half of the free clean-up kits have been snapped up by community groups, schools and businesses throughout Wales who are eager to get started with their clean-up projects in September.
Since the date and details of the volunteer clean-up was announced,around 126 schools, 193 community groups, 38 Communities First partnerships, 93 public sector agencies, and many businesses throughout Wales have already ordered clean-up kits.
Over 470 events have already been planned by various groups across Wales. The Builth-Wells Youth Club will be involved in an evening clean-up of their local area to support Tidy Wales Week. The club has taken part in Tidy Wales Week previously and a spokesperson for the group explained.
"We took part in the event last year and the young people really seemed to enjoy it so we would like to take part again."
The initial Tidy Wales Week was launched just over five years ago and resulted in many of the nation’s black spots being restored to their former glory; organisers are hoping that the latest assault will result in many more litter-free communities.
The kits, sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government, include all the essential clean-up products needed, guidance notes on how to organise a fun, safe clean-up event, publicity materials and tabards to keep participants clean and dry.
To register for a free clean up kit you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 029 2072 6962, or follow this link .
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