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Islamic Relief flood aid dinners in Cardiff and Newport

Islamic Relief is holding two fundraising events in south Wales for the victims of the Pakistan floods.

A dinner and charity auction was held at Newport Centre on Saturday night with a similar, larger event at Cardiff City Hall being held on Sunday.

Both events include a witness account from Habib Malik, Scottish director of the charity.

Islamic Relief is working with the UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to provide aid.

Fatehullah Tahir said the dinners were the first in Wales to raise money for the Pakistan flood victims and followed similar fundraising events.

He said around 170 people attended Saturday's event in Newport, and around 500 people were due to attend Sunday's event in Cardiff.

Tickets for both three-course dinners were priced £10 and would be followed by a charity auction and other fundraising activities, he said.

'Good response'

He said the event was open to the public but has seen "a really good response" from Cardiff's Pakistani community.

He said: "It's the worst natural disaster [in Pakistan] since the 1920s.

"It's important for the community to get things together and create some sort of fund to help people in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Welfare Association Wales has said there were an estimated 16,000 people of Pakistani descent living in Wales, mainly in Cardiff.

At least 1,600 people are known to have died in Pakistan's monsoon floods.

The DEC has said the total raised by Britons was now £15m.

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