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Tech giant to donate $500,000 for flood relief efforts in Pakistan

Google Southeast Asia Vice President Stephanie Davis said on LinkedIn that the tech company would donate the funds to the Centre for Disaster Philanthropy via Google.org.

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As the country is experiencing massive losses due to flash floods, donations in monetary forms and goods are being received from different parts of the world including giant companies. As said by the Google official, the tech giant will donate $500,000 for flood relief efforts in Pakistan.

Google Southeast Asia Vice President Stephanie Davis said on LinkedIn that the tech company would donate the funds to the Centre for Disaster Philanthropy via Google.org.

The Centre for Disaster Philanthropy would then provide sub-grants to local organizations that are on the front lines of crisis response and recovery, she added.

Davis said in a post, “Our hearts go out to each and every one impacted by the ongoing floods in Pakistan. Even when faced with the fear of having their homes washed away and vital farmland destroyed, we have also witnessed Pakistanis and communities coming together to help each other. We are inspired by their bravery, and we want to help.”

She concluded the post by saying that the company would find more ways to help through its tools and resources.

Moreover, Google’s Regional Head for South Asian Frontier Markets Farhan Qureshi also expressed his condolences on the devastating crisis the country is going through.

“In just a few days, Googlers have already contributed more than PKR 72 million in personal donations and company matches,” Farhan Qureshi mentioned in his post.

He concluded his remarks by saying, “I hope what we do at Google can help the country and those impacted wherever it can.”

Furthermore, Tim Crook, the CEO of Apple, said on Twitter that the tech giant would donate money to Pakistan’s flood relief and recovery operations.

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Floods in Pakistan have led to more than a thousand deaths and triggered a major humanitarian crisis, with survivors at risk of disease and malnutrition.

So far, the floods have affected over 33 million people. Over 110 districts have been declared ‘calamity hit,’ with severe flooding threatening Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. There have been 1,033 deaths and 949,858 people have been displaced. The actual figures are expected to be significantly higher. More devastation is expected in the coming days, which could be unprecedentedly severe.

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