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Birmingham charity raises £2m for Pakistan flood relief

Flood-hit villagers in Jacobabad, Pakistan 15 Aug 2010
Image caption About 20 million people are now thought to have been affected

A Birmingham-based charity says it has now raised more than £2m for flood victims in Pakistan.

Islamic Relief said it had been overwhelmed by the response from the public, especially in the West Midlands.

The charity held a fundraising event in Small Heath on Sunday which was a sell-out.

The Pakistani government says up to 20 million people have been affected by the floods.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has just visited the country and said scale of the disaster was greater than anything he had seen before.

Health experts are warning that the threat of epidemics in flood-hit areas is growing.

Salah Aboulgasem, the charity's campaign manager, said it was still receiving calls from people wanting to get involved in fundraising.

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