The UK on Friday announced an additional £10m humanitarian aid to save lives in Pakistan flood relief efforts, bringing the country’s total contribution to £26.5m.
Of the total UK aid, £21.5 million has been allocated to relief efforts in the areas worst affected by the floods. The remaining £5m will go directly to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) Pakistan Flood Appeal.
Floods in Pakistan this year have left more than 30 million people homeless and killed nearly 1,700, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.
Stagnant water in various parts of Sindh has given rise to diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. The United Nations has sounded the alarm about an impending “second disaster” of disease and death in the province.
On Friday, the British Minister of State for South Asia, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, arrived in Pakistan to visit the flood-affected areas.
According to a British embassy press release, he will meet with key government counterparts, community leaders and aid agencies to discuss the response to the humanitarian crisis and the country’s long-term recovery.
The extra £10m will be spent on “urgent life-saving needs such as providing shelter, water and sanitation to prevent water-borne disease”, it said, explaining that the funds will focus on supporting people who were still displaced and those who return to their lands helping to restore communal water supplies.
“During his visit to Pakistan, Lord Ahmad will meet with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other government counterparts to discuss the impact of the floods, visit the worst affected areas and speak with key agencies. UK-funded aid packages on the subject. ground in Sindh,” the press release added.
Meanwhile, in a statement after his arrival in Islamabad, Lord Ahmad said the UK has expressed its determination to help the people of Pakistan recover from the recent devastating floods. “Our support will help address the spread of waterborne diseases and improve access to clean water, sanitation, health care and housing across the country.
“We are working day and night with Pakistan and our international partners to ensure that UK aid reaches the worst affected areas.”
The UK will support Pakistan’s economic recovery and resilience to future climate disasters, Lord Ahmad promised.
“The UK’s new ‘Developing Country Trade Scheme’ will help grow trade by giving duty-free access to 94 per cent of goods exported from Pakistan to the UK,” he added.
In addition to the UK’s £26.5m donation in humanitarian funds, a UK Royal Air Force flight recently delivered eight boats and ten portable generators for use in flood relief operations.