UK raises flood donation to £2.2 million

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) on Wednesday announced that it is to give a total of pound 2.2m to help the victims of the floods in southern Pakistan.
The announcement follows the visit of a DFID humanitarian advisory team to Pakistan. The team conducted an initial assessment of the situation and advised on how DFID can best support the Pakistan and international authorities in providing relief to those affected by the floods.
Of the pound 2.2m pound 500,000 has been disbursed to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Appeal. Further grants totalling at least pound 500,000 will be disbursed to NGOs who already have a presence on the ground.
A grant of pound 250,000 will be made to the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) for humanitarian support to up to 2400 vulnerable families in rural Sindh and Balochistan. A payment of pound 750,000 will go to the UN Flash Appeal.
The balance has been earmarked for key field support including two experts to the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team and a Shelter Cluster Coordinator for the IFRC.
Acting Head of DFID Pakistan Richard Martini, said “The UK is committed to helping to provide those affected by the floods with essentials such as clean water, food, shelter and healthcare and to helping them find ways to rebuild their livelihoods as quickly as possible.

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