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Pakistani community activist calls on New Zealand government to help Pakistan amid floods

The Pakistani community in New Zealand is calling on the government to help the country deal with the deadly floods.

Pakistan has been hit by unusually heavy monsoon rains, causing devastating floods in the north and south of the country. It left 33 million people homeless and over 1,000 dead.

Pakistan’s climate minister said a third of the country is completely submerged in floodwaters.

Estimates in Pakistan suggest one in seven people have been affected, including the family of New Zealand resident Tayyaba Khan.

She told AM on Tuesday that she felt useless that she couldn’t help.

“I think it’s the first time in my life that I realize that being a migrant, being from two worlds is a very difficult place to be. You’re so far away, you can’t really help. You can, but you feel helpless at the same time, so it’s been really hard to see,” she told AM co-host Melissa Chan-Green.

“When you are so deeply and personally touched my grandfather’s house was flooded and it really breaks your heart. You realize how privileged you are and we are very privileged in New Zealand. We are very lucky and you realize that it’s really important that we live in a world where we care about the climate.”