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Local NewsBrantford pharmacist delivers food, medicine to Pakistan

A United Nations agency is predicting a second wave of death and destruction from Pakistan’s devastating floods over the summer. An official says the scale of the flood disaster is “beyond imagination.”

Despite the scope of the crisis and suffering, Anwar Dost, a pharmacist from Brantford is doing what he can to help the people of the flood zone.

A summer of rain and floods in Pakistan left much of the country under water and a staggering number of people without homes, food, or drinking water.

“One-third of Pakistan is under flood, Canadian population is 36 million right? 32 million have been affected,” Dost said. Dost just returned to Canada after delivering food and medicine to people in Pakistan.

Dost says it was heartbreaking to see the devastation, “they are in horrible condition. There is no drinking water, there is no food, there is no medicine and there is no shelter.”

Dost’s charity group runs a school in Pakistan, and he was able to deliver desperately needed drugs to treat malaria and other diseases carried by the flood water. “We have distributed ten tons of non-perishable food which is equal to two thousand people for one month ration.”

One of the issues behind the flooding is that Pakistan contributes very little to global warming, but is among those suffering the most from climate change.

Dost is raising more money through his charity and planning another trip to Pakistan to deliver more food and medicine.

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