EU gives flood aid to Pakistan

October 18th, 2011 - 8:26 am ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Oct 18 (IANS) The European Union has given 6.5 million euros ($9 million) in emergency aid for the flood victims in Pakistan, a media report said Tuesday.

The UN had earlier warned that three million people in Pakistan urgently required food.

The money will be spent on food, water, shelter and medical care, especially in the southern Sindh province, the worst hit in floods, Geo TV reported quoting the European Commission, the executive body of the 27-member EU.

The aid comes on top of 98 million euros already provided by the EU this year. “For many people still recovering from last year’s floods, the situation is catastrophic,” said EU humanitarian aid chief Kristalina Georgieva.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that nearly three quarters of the province’s crops have been damaged or destroyed by the waters, while two thirds of food stocks have also been hit.

On Sep 18, the UN led an appeal for $357 million in emergency funding to shore up rescue and relief efforts for millions of people suffering after floods swept away homes and farm land in southern Pakistan.

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