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Floods in Pakistan: Commission provides additional €10 million in emergency aid to address humanitarian needs

Street covered in mud after the floods in Pakistan © Save the Children/S. A. Qureshi, 2010
11/08/2010  - 

The European Commission adopted a €10 million emergency decision to further assist the most vulnerable people in Pakistan affected by the disastrous floods. The aid decision takes immediate effect and comes as an addition to the €30 million for humanitarian assistance allocated by the Commission on 30 July.

Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, said: "Pakistan's terrible floods now affect almost fourteen million people and these numbers could rise as flood waters continue to move towards the more densely populated south. One third of the country is flooded and so far more than 290,000 houses have been damaged. First assessments show that the flood victims are in dire need of clean drinking water, shelter, food, non-food items (like blankets and hygiene kits) and medical assistance. Our additional emergency funds of €10 million will cover these needs through relief operations in all flood-affected areas in the country."