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Pakistan: Commissioner Georgieva proposes increasing Commission's funding to €70 million ahead of her visit to the area

Flood damage in Pakistan © ACTED, 2010
18/08/2010  - 

In response to the ever increasing scale of the humanitarian crisis, the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, announced today in a press conference that the Commission will request drawing an additional €30 million in urgent relief for Pakistan. This latest funding will bring the total humanitarian aid funds allocated by the Commission to assist the flood-affected populations to €70 million.

On Sunday the 22nd, Commissioner Georgieva will travel to the affected area in Pakistan and meet with Pakistani authorities and European experts and partners working on the ground. Commissioner Georgieva said: "The Flood damage in Pakistan is massive and many millions of people are suffering. The additional funds will be used to boost the humanitarian aid operations carried out by the European Commission's humanitarian aid partners. Commission's relief experts are also active on the ground in Pakistan. They are working with our partners to ensure that funds are being used in the most efficient way possible to the benefit of the desperate victims of these disastrous floods."