Europe releases another 10 million euros to Pakistan

Europe released 10 million euros (13 million dollars) in emergency aid to help Pakistan’s flood victims on Wednesday, taking total humanitarian aid over the past 12 months to more than 110 million euros.

The European Commission decision “takes immediate effect and comes as an addition to the 30 million euros for humanitarian assistance allocated” on July 30, said a statement from the EU’s day-to-day executive.

“My heartfelt condolences go to all those affected by this crisis and the European Union stands ready to support Pakistan both in financial and political terms in dealing with the consequences of this terrible event,” said Catherine Ashton, EU foreign affairs chief.

Th Pakistan floods have affected nearly 14 million people already, with a third of the country under water, almost 300,000 houses damaged and the more populous south now endangered.

The money will go towards clean drinking water, shelter, food, blankets, hygiene kits and medical assistance, the commission said.