Pakistan, UN appeal for $440M anew

    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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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.