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Leeds City Council supports Pakistan flood effort

Man making a donation
Image caption Donations to the flood appeal are being made at mosques in Leeds

A campaign has been started by Leeds City Council to raise money for people left devastated by the floods in north-western Pakistan.

The UN says three million people have been affected by the floods, with at least 1,400 killed.

Council officials said money would pay for food, water and medicine. Donations can be made at the Civic Hall.

Councillor Jim McKenna, Lord Mayor of Leeds, said: "We need to help those people in desperate need."

He added: "Disasters like this affect us all, we live on a small planet and are all independent.

"This is a time for us to respond, show our humanity and perhaps give a few pounds to this appeal."

Leeds resident Qari Hussain Shah has friends in Pakistan.

He said: "They were climbing on trees for three days, waiting for the water to go.

"After that situation when they went to their homes and opened their doors there was muddy water everywhere and it was difficult for them to go into their houses.

"There's no food, there's no drinking water, there's no communication."

Money raised will go towards the Disasters Emergency Committee to buy food and fresh water.

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