UK govt pledges extra support to help Pakistan rebuild after floods

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Pakistan and the United Nations (UN) are jointly hosting a conference in Geneva to help raise support for the country’s recovery and reconstruction…reports Asian Lite News

The UK and its international partners on Monday joined forces to support Pakistan rebuild and recover from the unprecedented floods last summer that affected tens of thousands of people.

Pakistan and the United Nations (UN) are jointly hosting a conference in Geneva to help raise support for the country’s recovery and reconstruction.

Last year, Pakistan was on the front line of the impact of climate change when catastrophic flooding swept away homes and livelihoods, leaving 20 million in need of humanitarian assistance.

It is estimated the country will need around $16 billion for the next 3 to 5 years to rebuild the devastation.

The UK, one of the first countries to respond to the disaster, is today allocating over £9 million from its Pakistan budget to help tackle the impact of the flooding, bringing the total it has now committed to the humanitarian response to £36 million.

This new allocation will help provide those most in need with essential services, and will also support the government to plan for a climate resilient future. Support from the UK is providing water, sanitation, and hygiene to help prevent waterborne diseases, as well as nutrition to tackle malnutrition, cash support, shelter and protection services for women and girls.

This funding is in addition to support the UK has already pledged for climate resilience and adaptation in Pakistan.

Andrew Mitchell will speak at the conference, co-hosted by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and UN Secretary General António Guterres.

Andrew Mitchell is expected to say, “I visited Pakistan following the 2010 floods and saw the devastating impact on some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We stood by Pakistan then, as we do now. Looking to the future, it is crucial to build defences against weather-related disasters, as our changing climate puts us more and more at risk. This is why the UK will help Pakistan to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Today’s announcement takes the total UK contribution to the flood response to £36 million. This follows over £9 million of UK aid being allocated to help with technical support in disaster and climate planning, and to provide education and healthcare to those affected. This includes supporting 20,000 students to return to school and providing primary healthcare services to 170,000 people. This latest funding is on top of £55 million already pledged for climate resilience and adaptation in Pakistan.

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