UK to provide additional £10 million for flood relief

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Zubair Qureshi

The government of the United Kingdom has decided to provide an additional £10 million of life-saving humanitarian support for Pakistan’s flood relief efforts

Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK Minister of State for South Asia , arrived on Friday to make a formal announcement.

The minister will hold meetings with key government counterparts, community leaders and aid agencies to discuss the response to the humanitarian crisis and long-term recovery for the country.

According to a statement issued by the British High Commission the UK is providing further humanitarian support to Pakistan following the devastating floods that have killed over 1,000 people and affected more than 33 million.

According to FCDO Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon £10 million of humanitarian aid will make the UK government’s total contribution to £26.5 million.The extra support will be spent on urgent life-saving needs such as providing shelter, water and sanitation to prevent waterborne diseases. It will focus on supporting people who are still displaced and those that are returning to their land, by helping re-establish communal water supplies, he said.

During his visit to Pakistan, Lord Ahmad will meet the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other government counterparts to discuss the impact of the floods, visit the areas most affected and speak with key UK-funded aid agencies on the ground in Sindh, the statement further said.

Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon said the UK continued to help the people of Pakistan recover from the recent devastating floods. “Our support will help to tackle the spread of waterborne diseases and to improve access to clean water, sanitation, medical care and shelter across the country,” he said adding “We are working night and day with Pakistan and our international partners to ensure that UK aid reaches the hardest hit areas.” “As well as helping with urgent life-saving needs, the UK is supporting Pakistan’s economic recovery and resilience against future climate disasters. The UK’s new Developing Countries Trading Scheme will help grow trade by giving duty-free access to 94% of goods exported from Pakistan to the UK,” Lord Tariq was of the view.

 

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