Isle of Man government donates £75,000 to floods appeal

Image caption, At least 1,600 people have died and nearly 14 million have been affected by the Pakistan floods

The Isle of Man government is donating £75,000 to charities helping people affected by flooding in Pakistan and Burkina Faso.

The Overseas Aid Committee of the Council of Ministers is giving £40,000 to the UK's Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for Pakistan.

It is also giving £35,000 to Christian Aid to help victims in Burkina Faso.

The United Nations said the Pakistan floods had killed at least 1,600 people and affected 14 million others.

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless in the West African country of Burkina Faso after flooding, the Manx government said.

Phil Gawne MHK, chairman of the Overseas Aid Committee, said: "I am acutely aware that our modest contribution to the combined efforts to help victims of the flooding in Pakistan will not go far and I hope that further funding will be made available shortly.

"I am aware that various charities involved with the DEC are also raising money locally, with the support of the Manx people and I urge everyone to support them.

"In addition, however, the situation in Burkina Faso, which rates sixth from bottom on the United Nations' human development index, has attracted less media attention and so we have supported the response to the flooding there as well."

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