Islamabad, October 18, 2012 (PPI-OT): Floods in Pakistan are affecting almost five million people. Norway is to provide an additional NOK 20 million (USD 3.5 million) to the flood victims.
“Once again, the monsoon rains have led to millions of people being affected by floods in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan. Hundreds of thousands have lost everything they own and are in desperate need of emergency relief. Many of them are women and children. They are in an extremely vulnerable position and need extra protection,” Minister of International Development Mr Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås said on Wednesday 17 October.
Following the floods in September, the Pakistani authorities have handed out food rations, water, tents and blankets and conducted search and rescue operations. At the same time, UN organisations are partnering with local governments and NGOs to distribute emergency relief supplies from their existing stocks. Humanitarian organisations are contributing to providing assistance in districts where they already have a presence on the ground.
In response to the acute humanitarian crisis, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated approximately USD 3.5 million to Pakistan’s flood victims. This assistance will be channelled through UNICEF and Norwegian Church Aid, and it comes in addition to USD 12 million humanitarian funds already allocated to Pakistan in 2012.
“It is important that Norway is able to provide emergency relief in response to the floods, especially to vulnerable children and women. Norwegian Church Aid provides life-saving services for water and sanitation, while UNICEF also works in priority areas such as child protection and education,” says Ambassador Ms Cecilie Landsverk.
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The NOK 20 million to Pakistan’s flood victims comes in addition to the ordinary allocation for 2012 of NOK 50 million to humanitarian crises in Pakistan. In June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocated an additional NOK 18 million in assistance to the internally displaced in the country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Norway’s total allocation for Pakistan in 2012 is now at NOK 88 million (approximately USD 15.5 million)
For more information, contact:
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad
House No. 25, Street No. 19, Sector F-6/2
P.O. Box 1336
Fax: +92-51-2279726 / +92-51-2279729