$3 mn ADB flood aid for Pakistan

October 28th, 2011 - 3:19 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Oct 28 (IANS) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will give $3 million in flood aid to Pakistan, it said Thursday.

The fund will help the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to ensure provision of food, drinking water, medicines and tents for the affected people.

The Sindh and Balochistan provinces have been hit by floods since mid-August due to incessant rain. Some 1.8 million people have been displaced, Xinhua reported.

According to the UN, 5.4 million people were affected, and about 400 people have died.

“We hope the grant will increase NDMA’s ability to reach out to poor and the most vulnerable groups particularly women and children facing a desperate situation.

“Many families have lost their entire belongings and source of livelihood and are in urgent need of food and shelter,” said ADB’s country director Werner Liepach.

ADB and the World Bank are jointly assessing the extent of damages. The assessment is expected to help the government in charting out an action plan to restore basic services.

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