NGOs Seek to Reach More Pakistani Flood Victims

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has increased its emergency aid appeal for flood-hit Pakistan to 71.6 million Swiss francs (USD69 million).

The funding will help the organization reach more than 900,000 Pakistanis affected by the monsoon flooding and provide them with emergency relief, tents and shelter kits, medical care, clean water, and improved sanitation.

“The world cannot ignore the crisis in Pakistan,” said Bekele Geleta, IFRC secretary general. “This is one of the worst disasters I have ever witnessed. Millions of people need help, we must all work together to meet the huge challenges that lie before us.”

Meanwhile, Oxfam urged the British government to scale up its support for Pakistan.

“Britain should be leading from the front by committing more aid money and continuing to press other wealthy countries, especially its [European Union] partners, to do the same. So far, the response from Europe has been feeble,” said Neva Khan, Oxfam’s country director in Pakistan.

The U.K. government also needs to ensure that the funds are “channelled through to frontline aid agencies like Oxfam as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Khan said: “At the moment, the money is taking far too long to come through.”

The British government plans to commit an additional 33 million pounds (USD51 million) to Pakistan but will only release the money to partner organizations that can “deliver the right results for the people of Pakistan,” according to a press release by the U.K. Department for International Development.

The U.K. had earlier committed 31.3 million pounds (USD48 million) in flood aid for Pakistan.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.