EU Scales Up Pakistan Aid

Aid workers with the European Commission's humanitarian aid department speak with victims of flooding in Pakistan. The European Commission has boosted its aid to the country. Photo by: Malini Morzaria

The European Commission is sending additional flood relief funds to Pakistan, bringing its total contribution to relief efforts in the country to euro150 million (USD206 million), according to European aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.

Georgieva also noted that a more comprehensive EU aid package will be discussed during the Oct. 14-15 Friends of Democratic Pakistan meeting to be hosted by European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton.

“Bearing in mind the scale of the crisis and the suffering of millions of people, the international community needs to substantially scale up its support to the victims of this disaster. This is the only way to avoid even more suffering,” Georgieva said in a press release. “My experts in the field confirm that the UN’s $2bn appeal reflects the huge needs faced by the Pakistani People. This is particularly the case in the Southern Sindh Province where fresh flooding continues.”

To date, the European Commission and EU member states have contributed a total of euro320 million to the international relief effort in Pakistan.

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