ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom government has pledged to provide clean water, sanitation and shelter to over 55,000 vulnerable people in Pakistan affected by the devastating floods.
The announcement was made by Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South Asia at the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). During a virtual visit, he also discussed how Britain could work with the Pakistani government to tackle climate change.
The £800,000 UK aid package will be given through the National Disaster Consortium (NDC) and will provide immediate relief in rural Sindh to those who have lost their homes in rain-related incidents.
The aid package comes after the UK previously distributed emergency stocks, including hygiene kits and tarpaulins to over 1,118 families in flood-affected districts of Sindh. The UK will work closely with Pakistani authorities to ensure that aid gets to where it is needed most.
“Like everyone in the UK, I have been saddened to see the heart-breaking images of the flooding in Pakistan. The UK stands with Pakistan, ready to help, as entire communities have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones,” Lord Ahmed said.
I’ve been saddened at the devastating images of the flooding in Pakistan. UK aid announced today will ensure life-saving clean water, sanitation & shelter gets to those who need it most. Monsoon flooding serves as a stark reminder of how devastating natural disasters can be. pic.twitter.com/xVMatdvkhA
— Lord (Tariq)Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) September 8, 2020