Islamabad: British support will provide emergency shelter and flood resistant new homes to more than 255,000 people made homeless by this year’s devastating monsoon floods in southern Pakistan, UK International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced today.
This new support from the UK government includes emergency shelter and blankets that will be shipped in directly from DFID’s warehouse in UAE, as well as help to rebuild flood resistant homes for 40,000 people where water has receded.
Today’s announcement comes in response to the United Nations Pakistan Floods Rapid Response Plan 2011. Andrew Mitchell, UK Secretary of State for International Development, said: “I know the suffering caused by the flooding in Sindh, southern Pakistan, is of deep concern to many British people. That’s why today I am announcing that the UK will provide vital shelter to more than 255,000 children and adults who have lost their homes in southern Pakistan.
“UK support for people affected by the floods will continue not only over the coming weeks, but into 2012. This reflects the deep friendship and longstanding bond between the UK and Pakistan – our countries are closely tied through family, business, history and culture, and we will always stand by and support each other.”
The UK had already anticipated possible further flooding in Pakistan this year and over the last few months pre-positioned 5,000 family tents, 10,000 tarpaulin sheets, 35,000 thermal blankets, and tens of thousands of hygiene kits, water bottles, and other emergency items in 12 locations across Pakistan via the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). These are all now being distributed to people who urgently need them across Sindh, southern Pakistan.
In addition, the UK helped provide emergency shelter to 37,440 families, 2000 solar lamps, and 1,000 sleeping mats via the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), and is supporting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Disease Early Warning system in Sindh until February 2012, to try to avoid major outbreaks of health epidemics.
The UK also funded training for rural communities on how to prepare for and cope with flooding. And UK funding is supporting cash for work projects to repair flood protection barriers, irrigation channels and other community infrastructure. This helps reduce vulnerability to future disasters and at the same time provides opportunities for people to earn money through creating employment.
The UK is committed to being better prepared to deal with future disasters, and build up the resilience of local communities. This is in line with the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR), published by Lord Ashdown earlier this year.
The UK helped millions of people affected by last year’s monsoon floods across Pakistan, initially by providing emergency shelter and food. Later, the UK helped people to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient again by constructing flood resistant brick homes, replacing bridges and schools, and providing seeds, farm animals, jobs, and tools.
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