Jersey Red Cross raises £6,000 for flood victims

Image caption, Cash from Jersey will help to buy food, water and shelter for people who have been left with nothing

Money raised in Jersey for Pakistan's flood victims will be used for food and bottled water, a charity has said.

More than £6,000 has been raised so far by the British Red Cross in Jersey.

The death toll is at least 1,600, many more are missing and an estimated 14 million people have been affected by the monsoon flooding.

British Red Cross spokesman Andrew Baudains said people had been very generous but it was vital for islanders to continue to donate to the appeal.

Crop damage

The United Nations, which has appealed for £300m in aid, has warned of a second wave of death among sick, hungry survivors unless help arrives quickly.

Main crops, such as wheat, cotton and sugar cane, have been extensively damaged by flood waters.

Mr Baudains said the money collected so far in Jersey would go towards food, bottled water, tents, shelter material, kitchen sets and hygiene items.

Volunteers will be collecting for the appeal on Saturday in Marks and Spencer stores.

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