World community has confidence in Pakistani flood relief efforts: Embassy Spokesman

Pakistan is pursuing an effective plan to utilize international aid for  relief and recovery of flood victims and the world community has reposed its confidence in the ability of relevant  government departments to deliver efficiently, an embassy spokesman said in a letter appearing in The  Washington  Post.

“The people of Pakistan and the international community have placed their confidence in the abilities  of the federal and provincial governments and Pakistani national institutions such as the National Disaster  Management Authority (NDMA) to help flood victims,” Press Attache at the Pakistani embassy in Washington Nadeem  Kiani wrote.
The spokesman rejected a “dismissive assessment of flood relief and rehabilitation efforts,” by analyst  Ahmed Rashid, that was published by the Post a few days back.
The spokesman also pointed out the massiveness of the humanitarian catastrophe, saying the floods have  affected more people — 20 million—than were affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina  and the earthquake in Haiti combined. The cost of rehabilitation and rebuilding could exceed $15 billion, he  estimated.
“Pakistanis are brave and resilient. I am optimistic we will emerge from this disaster and build a new  and better life for our people.