Brussels: The European Commission has increased by 6 million its humanitarian support for the people of Pakistan affected by last year’s floods and the ongoing conflict.
“The number of people who are unable to afford food and the rates of malnutrition have reached alarming levels in some parts of Pakistan where the struggle for survival continues for the flood and conflict-stricken communities,” said Kristalina Georgieva the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.
“This is why the Commission is expanding its humanitarian assistance to these weakened and vulnerable people,” the Commissioner explained.
The funding is being made in addition to €70 million allocated earlier this year.
The new money will be spent on food assistance and fighting malnutrition in areas which were severely affected by the floods. A year after the disaster self-sufficiency is still very low and the risk to malnutrition remains high.
The European Commission shares with its humanitarian partners the goal of preventing vulnerable people from sinking further into debt and helping them regain self-sufficiency.
The money will be spent via the Commission’s partners in the field: the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Pakistan Emergency Food Security Alliance (composed of the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), Action against Hunger, CARE, the International Rescue Committee, Oxfam, Save the Children and UNICEF).
In 2010, Pakistan suffered the worst floods in 80 years which killed more than 1,800 people and affected a population of over 20 million. Close to 12.5 million men, women and children were in urgent need of humanitarian aid after the floods.
This disaster came on the heels of an ongoing armed conflict which displaced almost three million people in 2009.
In 2010, the European Commission gave €150 million in humanitarian aid inside Pakistan, reaching 23.6 million people, most of them affected by the devastating floods of summer 2010. The immediate priorities were shelter, food assistance, the provision of clean drinking water, access to healthcare and sanitation.
This year the Commission has committed €76 million.
For more information, contact:
European Commission Humanitarian Aid department