Sikh community of Mingora distributed relief package among the flood affected people of the Madiyan, Aryani and Behsigram areas of Upper Swat.

The relief package included edible items including flour, sugar and pulses.

The community distributed Rs 6000 per family to the 60 affected families of the district and for this purpose they donated money.

Similarly Hindu and Christian communities have collected funds to extend help to flood affected people which they will soon distribute among the affectees.

Bansuri Lal, a local Sikh leader said that recent rains and floods have caused devastation across the country and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that the floods have left trail of destruction in their wake, further burdening this poor province.

Mr Lal said that all communities will help each other in natural calamities and in the same spirit they were trying to extend help to their brethren in Swat, where the floods have rendered homeless and deprived them of their belongings.

He said that they will first try to support their brethren in Swat before extending the same to people in other parts of the province and country.

Mr Lal is a religious leader of Sikh Community in Swat that their elders had migrated to Swat about 200 years ago and they have been peacefully living with their Muslim neighbors since then.

On the other hand, local elders from Upper Swat Manzoor Kamal Khattak and Dr Anwar Ali thanked the Sikh community for their support and said that it was testimony to the religious harmony in the district.

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