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Pakistani flood survivors return to higher ground after getting drinking water in the flooded area of Pathan Wala on August 16, 2010
Record-breaking monsoon rainfall has caused devastating floods in Pakistan, destroying millions of acres of farmland, wiping out villages and leaving millions – estimates range from 5 to 20 million – without homes. The death toll as of Monday had reached more than 1,600. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon called this the worst disaster he has seen, and urged the international community to speed up delivery of food, medicine and shelter to victims, many of whom have received no aid so far. How is Los Angeles’ Pakistani community – which numbers around 150,000 - responding to the needs of friends and family members affected by the disaster?
Muhammad Khalid Ejaz, Acting Consul General of Pakistan for Los Angeles