UK announces further £15m in flood aid for Pakistan
September 1, 2022 07:26 PM
The UK is providing further urgent life-saving support of £15 million to Pakistan following devastating floods that have left a third of the country underwater, reported 24NewsHd TV channel Thursday.
According to a statement issued by the British High Commission in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Secretary of the UK Liz Truss has said that the Humanitarian support totaling £15 million from the UK will help provide shelter and essential supplies to people across the country.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, in her statement, said, “The UK stands with Pakistan, as tens of millions of people face devastating floods, which have left a third of the country – an area roughly the size of the UK – underwater. “As a major humanitarian donor, we will do all we can to get life-saving aid to the most vulnerable, including through this £15 million package of support.”
Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South and Central Asia, said: “We are seeing first-hand the tragic effects of climate change and its impact on millions of people across the country. The UK is working around the clock with the Pakistan authorities to determine what support is required in the short-term and longer-term. We are also working at pace with international organisations working directly on the ground to help victims of the disaster. These include the United Nations and World Bank. e will continue to work hand in hand with the international community to garner the best possible global support package for Pakistan to recover.”
Following the launch of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Pakistan Floods Appeal today (1 September 2022), the UK Government has announced it will match pound for pound the first £5 million of public donations, as part of today’s total £15 million pledge.
The rest of the UK funding of £10 million announced today will go to international aid agencies on the ground to help them respond to people’s immediate needs, including through providing water, sanitation, shelter, and protecting women and girls. It will also support families to repair their homes and maintain their livelihoods.