Britain offers aid for Bihar flood affected

August 30th, 2008 - 1:11 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Britain Friday offered 150,000 pounds (Rs.12.7 million) to help the thousands affected by the devastating floods in Bihar.Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) has asked UNICEF to redirect 150,000 pounds of an existing Trust Fund for immediate assistance to those who have been made homeless by the severe floods in Bihar, a statement from the Brit.

“The funding will be used to supply up to 20 camps which currently house 10,000 displaced families with clean water, shelter and sanitation,” it said.

“The situation in Bihar is particularly serious and the UK has responded quickly to provide help to those affected. We are in contact with the government of Bihar and are on standby to step up assistance if needed,” Britain’s International Development Minister Shahid Malik said in London.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely,” he added.

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