Germany hikes humanitarian aid to Euro 25 mn to flood-hit Pak
Last Updated: Friday, August 20, 2010, 00:06
Berlin: As Pakistan has appealed the international community for immediate aid to the flood-ravaged nation, Germany on Thursday hiked its humanitarian assistance by Euro 10 million to Euro 25 million.

The greater assistance from Germany came just after a day when European Union promised to provide another Euro 30 million emergency aid for the flood victims, in addition to Euro 40 million humanitarian assistance.

Besides Germany, some other EU members have also surged their bilateral humanitarian assistance for Pakistan and now the total contributions so far amount to be around Euro 50 million.

Meanwhile, the first shipment of 15 tonne German relief supplies, which included tents, blankets, tablets for decontaminating drinking water and medicines to prevent water-borne diseases, arrived in Pakistan last night.

German aid organisations are preparing to send a second consignment of relief supplies soon to the deluge-plagued country.

Chancellor Angela Merkel today assured Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani that Germany country will continue to support his nation to cope with the catastrophe on bilateral and multilateral levels.

In a telephone conversation, the two leaders discussed the latest situation in the flood-devastated areas and the Chancellor expressed her sympathy with millions of people affected by the disaster, a government spokesman said here.

The chancellor also offered Germany's readiness to support reconstruction of Pakistan's infrastructure destroyed by the worst natural disaster in the country's history.

Germany's development cooperation with Pakistan will be re-oriented accordingly and expanded next year, the spokesman said.

Announcing the increase in German aid, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the magnitude of the disaster is much higher than believed until now and is "extremely worrying".

The United Nations estimates that as many as four million people have been left homeless and their number doubled in the past few days.

Germany's emergency aid is primarily intended for providing food and drinking water, medical services and shelter for the flood-hit population.

The German Minister called upon the public to donate generously to support urgently needed humanitarian assistance for the flood victims.

"With your donations, you can contribute significantly to alleviate the sufferings of the people in Pakistan."

Westerwelle too was informed about the latest situation in the flood-affected region in a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmoud Qureshi yesterday.


First Published: Friday, August 20, 2010, 00:06

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