The European Union releases €350,000 to help flood victims

Islamabad: The European Union is providing €350,000 (nearly PKR 76 million) to provide crucial humanitarian aid to families affected by the severe floods, which have wreaked havoc in many parts of Pakistan.

The aid will focus on meeting the urgent needs of the most affected people in some of the hardest hit districts of Jhal Magsi and Lasbella in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan.

“The devastating floods have left a trail of destruction in Pakistan, causing many people to lose their homes, livelihoods and belongings,” said Taheeni Thammannagoda, who oversees EU humanitarian programs in Pakistan. Pakistan.

“EU funding will help provide vital aid to the most vulnerable people to support them during this difficult time.”

The assistance will help the International Rescue Committee provide much-needed assistance.

This includes providing cash transfers to help flood-affected families meet their immediate needs, primary health care services, with a focus on waterborne and communicable diseases, which are common after a flooding, as well as nutritional support.

The program will also provide psychological support to vulnerable groups such as women, adolescent girls and children.

EU funding is being made available through the European Commission‘s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), through its Small Scale Response Mechanism.

Background

Since early July, above-normal monsoon rains have caused major flash floods in over 100 districts of Pakistan. As a result of the floods, an estimated one million people have been affected across the country, with more than 600 killed and more than 23,000 displaced, according to the government’s National Disaster Management Authority.

The floodwaters also damaged more than 70,000 homes, about a million acres of crops and large stretches of roads. So far, Balochistan has been the most affected province.

ECHO’s Small Scale Response Fund is a global mechanism that enables rapid funding of up to €500,000 for humanitarian aid in countries affected by natural and man-made disasters.


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