Ministry for Foreign Affairs grants support for flood victims in Pakistan
Press Release 228/2010
9 August 2010
By the decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, Finland has granted a total of 1.2 million euros in humanitarian assistance for flood victims in Pakistan.
A severe humanitarian crisis has arisen in Pakistan as a result of the heavy monsoon rains the country has experienced in the past few weeks. Some 500,000 people have been left homeless and 252,000 buildings have been destroyed by the floods. Flood damage has occurred in one third of Pakistan’s 135 provinces, and the widespread collapse of the road network and bridges has made it difficult for aid to reach its destination. The floods already affect the lives of 4 million people, and the rains are expected to continue.
Finland’s assistance will be distributed and used for the sectors of shelter, health care, water supply and sanitation. It also encompasses aftercare of the floods. The support is being channelled through the World Health Organization (WHO; €600,000), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR; €400,000) and Finn Church Aid (€200,000).
According to the estimates of relief organizations, the need for aid will come to at least 100 million US dollars.
Additional information: Counsellor Anna Gebremedhin, tel. +358 9 1605 6286 or mobile tel. +358 40 583 0149, and Markus Ojakoski, Senior Political Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, mobile tel. +358 500 459 009