UKaid announced so far will provide help for around one and a half million people in Pakistan affected by the floods.
The UK Government has earmarked up to £31.3 million in response to the UN Pakistan appeal, with £16.8 million so far allocated. In addition, a £10 million bridge project has been brought forward.
SUMMARY OF UKAID TO THOSE AFFECTED BY THE FLOODS:
- Five plane loads of aid from United Arab Emirates to Islamabad carrying a total of 400 metric tonnes of aid: approx £1.5 million.
- 3,500 tents and 9032 shelter kits, providing shelter for more than 62,000 people
- 24,000 water containers and 48,625 blankets
- Help half-a-million malnourished children and pregnant/breastfeeding women and children by providing high energy food supplements, treating severely malnourished children, and training health workers: £4 million
- · Safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for 800,000 people via UNICEF: £5 million
- · Helping to deliver 100,000 hygiene kits to protect health in Sindh
- · Pakistan Emergency Response Fund: £5 million
- · Bridges project brought forward: £10 million
- · Emergency ‘seed money’ released: £750,000
- · Radio broadcast emergency information programme: £45,000
- · Extension of DFID loan guarantee scheme to small enterprises affected by the floods.
- UK public contributions to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal: £15 million
- Scottish Government contribution to Scottish aid agencies in country: £500,000.
- Previous contributions to the European Commission Humanitarian Office, Central Emergency Response Fund, and International Committee of the Red Cross More details
The floods began more than two weeks ago and have hit about one-quarter of the country. Tracks of land remain under water, and hundreds more homes were ?ooded over the weekend. While the death toll of 1,500 is small compared to other disasters, the extent of the ?ooding and number of people whose lives have been disrupted is staggering. The Pakistan government is now reporting that up to 20 million have been displaced and made homeless and 1.7 million acres of farmland have been destroyed. Many survivors are now living in muddy camps or overcrowded government buildings, while thousands more are sleeping in the open next to their cows, goats and whatever possessions they managed to drag with them.
The U.N. has appealed for an initial $460 million to provide relief, but only 20 percent has been given. "Waves of flood must be met with waves of support from the world," said Ban. "I'm here to urge the world to step up assistance," he said. More Details