The United Nations and the Pakistani government are again appealing to the international community to provide support to the more than 5 million people affected by last year’s severe floods.
On Thursday (Feb. 21), the two bodies requested $440 million for the Floods Early Recovery Framework. The money will be used to help Pakistanis recover their sources of livelihood, restore basic social services and repair damaged infrastructure.
The government and its partners will also use the money to boost the country’s disaster resilience and preparedness. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, adviser to the prime minister on finance, revenue, economic affairs, statistics, and planning and development, said the government is committed to ensuring transparency in the use of funds in all activities included in the framework.
The appeal comes five months after the launch of the rapid response plan for the 2011 floods in September. Only $168 million — or 47 percent — of the $365 million request is currently funded.
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