The European Commission will provide €10 million in emergency relief to the victims of the monsoon floods in Pakistan. The disaster has already killed more than 200 people, and over 280 000 others have registered in camps for the internally displaced. The Commission's humanitarian assistance will fund shelter, food, water and healthcare.
"Like last year, the torrential rains have caused massive floods. I had seen then, and I fear now, catastrophic consequences for the people, for their homes and crops. So our help is needed again and we will answer the call of the afflicted," said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.
The torrential rains which started in August have triggered a new disaster, after the devastating and record floods of last summer. About 5 million people are estimated to be affected, mostly in the Sindh province. Tents, water tablets and purification equipment, de-watering pumps and medicines are urgentely needed. The Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre has also asked the Participating States of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism if they can help with some of the requested items.
"I have already been in touch with Valerie Amos, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, to pledge our full support and collaboration, particularly to the Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance. We want to make sure that we can deliver aid to those who need it the most, according to our humanitarian principles," Commissioner Georgieva added.
European Commission humanitarian aid is solely provided on the guarantee of full independence, unlimited and full access to the areas and people in need, and the opportunity to independently assess, check and monitor any project funded.