Former prime minister Imran Khan on Monday collected Rs5 billion through three hours long international telethon for flood affected people in Pakistan.

During the telethon, several celebrities joined the PTI chief, Imran Khan. Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mahmood Khan and the former premier’s ex-assistant on social protection Sania Nishtar also featured in the telethon. 

According to Senator Faisal Javed, who moderated the event, the former prime minister collected more than Rs5 billion donations.

During the live telethon, Imran said 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,” he said.

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.

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