UN praises UAE’s help in flood-hit Pakistan

October 1st, 2010 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Oct 1 (IANS/WAM) A senior UN official has appreciated the humanitarian efforts made by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in helping the flood-affected people of Pakistan.

Elissar Sarrouh, UN resident coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative, said the UAE has always played a vital role in alleviating the suffering of underprivileged people.

The UN official said the present situation in Pakistan requires broader partnership to meet the increasing demands of the victims.

The UN has appealed for $2 billion for Pakistan, the largest appeal for humanitarian relief ever made by the body.

She praised the relief operations by the UAE’s Red Crescent Authority (RCA) in Pakistan saying the agency was among the first responders to the situation.

RCA board chairman Ahmed Humaid Al Mazrouie welcomed the cooperation and coordination with UN agencies in upgrading field operations for humanitarian and relief work.

The RCA is looking forward to greater coordination with UN agencies operating in Pakistan to provide holistic care and improve living conditions for the affected people, he said.

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