A fundraising Poetic Symposium (Mushaira) was organized by the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore Literary Society to help the flood victims.

Well-known poets from all over the country including Abbas Tabish, Farhat Abbas Shah, Ali Zaryoun, Rehman Faris, Tehzeeb Hafi, Hamida Shaheen, Fariha Naqvi and Nilufar Afzal participated in the poetic symposium. Two hundred and seventy thousand rupees were collected during the fund raising.

The title of the event was “Hum Nibhaen ge k Hum Log Zuban Wale Hain”. A large number of students participated in the event held in the New Auditorium Complex. Director Students Affairs Prof Dr Asif Ali Qaiser, Senior Warden Dr Muhammad Mushtaq and Registrar Muhammad Asif were also present on this occasion.

Since June 14, 2022, floods in Pakistan have killed 1,717 people. The floods were caused by heavier than usual monsoon rains and melting glaciers that followed a severe heat wave, all of which are linked to climate change. It is the world’s deadliest flood since the 2020 South Asian floods and described as the worst in the country’s history. On 25 August, Pakistan declared a state of emergency because of the flooding. The government of Pakistan has estimated losses worth US$40 billion from the flooding.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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