EU endorses more assistance for flood-hit Pakistan

21:51, August 18, 2010      

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Members of a family fleeing flood waters board a truck while looking for higher grounds in Sukkur in Pakistan's Sindh province August 16, 2010. Pakistan authorities forecast on Monday a brief respite in rains that sparked the country's worst floods in decades, but aid agencies warned help was too slow to arrive for millions without clean water, food and homes. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The European Commission on Tuesday announced it would raise an additional 30 million euros (about 39 million U.S. dollars) in urgent relief assistance for flood-ravaged Pakistan.

The latest relief plan brought the total humanitarian aid funds allocated by the commission to assist the flood-affected population to 70 million euros (about 91 million dollars).

The additional funds would be used to boost humanitarian aid operations carried out by the commission's humanitarian aid partners, said Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva, who is scheduled to travel to the flood-affected area in Pakistan.

"The commission's relief experts are also active on the ground in Pakistan. They are working with our partners to ensure that funds are being used in the most efficient way possible to the benefit of the desperate victims of these disastrous floods," Georgieva said.

Since July 31, the European Commission has provided 40 million euros (52 million dollars) in humanitarian aid for the flood victims in Pakistan. In the last 12 months, the commission has provided a total of 111.25 million euros (about 145 million dollars) in humanitarian aid for people in need in Pakistan.

The commission's humanitarian aid and civil protection department (ECHO) has a support office in Islamabad. ECHO experts closely follow the developments in the humanitarian situation and monitor the use of the commission's relief funds.

The commission-funded humanitarian projects are implemented by non-governmental relief organizations, specialized UN agencies and the Red Crescent movement.

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated on Aug. 6. The Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) within ECHO is in touch with the 31 countries participating in the mechanism, of whom several are providing in-kind assistance to Pakistan, such as water purification units, emergency health kits, tents and electric generators.



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