In his message at the onset of the international telethon, Imran said the objective of holding it was to raise funds for the flood victims as no government alone could deal with such catastrophe.
PTI chairman Imran Khan Monday held an international telethon for flood affectees in the country and during three hours long telethon, the former prime minister collected Rs5bn (approximately £19.5m at the time of the fundraising)
He said he received a lot of calls from Pakistanis, including expats who wanted to help the flood victims. The former premier said people can donate to two bank accounts opened by Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa governments. The funds will be spent to help the flood-hit people across the country, he assured.
During the telethon, several celebrities joined Imran Khan. Chief Minister of Punjab Pervaiz Elahi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan, and the former premier’s ex-assistant on social protection Sania Nishtar also featured in the telethon.
During the live telethon, PTI chairman Imran Khan said the entire Pakistan had been affected by the floods generated by back-to-back monsoon rains.
“More than 1,000 people have died due to devastating floods and the damages are expected to cross Rs1,000 billion,”
The former prime minister said that the country would have to construct more dams to save people from such devastation in future. “The sole solution to prevent the catastrophes caused by a flood is to construct dams.”
British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan also joined the telethon and announced Rs5 million for flood victims. Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan, who attended PTI’s live telethon transmission, announced Rs30 million for flood affectees.
Unprecedented and historical flash floods caused by abnormal monsoon rains have washed away roads, crops, infrastructure, and bridges, killing more than 1,000 people in recent weeks and affecting over 33 million.