Türkiye begins aid campaign for flood-hit Pakistan: Minister

Following the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Türkiye has started an aid campaign for flood-devastated Pakistan, Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change Minister Murat Kurum has said.

"On Friday [Sept. 2], our Religious Affairs Directorate launched an aid campaign in all our mosques with the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan," said Kurum, who is in Pakistan to inspect the sites hit by floods with Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, while talking to the media late on Sept. 3.

Stating that the hearts of 84 million people of Türkiye are with Pakistan, Kurum stated that some municipalities were also participating in the campaign.

"Our governors will spread this campaign within the Interior Ministry, and I know all our benevolent citizens will lend a helping hand to our brothers here," he said.

"We will provide the necessary support to our Pakistani brothers in a similar way we lend support to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Albania," he said.

Expressing that Pakistan is going through a difficult time due to the worst floods in its history, Kurum underlined the seriousness of the incident.

Even though Pakistan is one of the countries accounting for less than 1 percent of the total global emissions, it is being affected by climate change due to global warming, Kurum stated.

As around 600-700 kilograms of precipitation per square meter fell in Pakistan during the incident, the damage caused in the region affected by the monsoon rains was to a considerable extent.

Kurum also noted that aerial and on-site inspections of houses affected by the flash floods will be conducted to determine the damage caused.

Elaborating the needs and humanitarian aid efforts carried out in the region...

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