EU gives Pakistan 30 million euros in humanitarian aid

Last Updated: Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 00:30

Brussels: The European Commission said
today it had given 30 million euros in humanitarian aid to
help the most needy in Pakistan, including those hit by
flooding that has killed at least 800 people.

"The European Commission has adopted a 30-million-euro
(39-million-dollar) humanitarian aid decision to assist the
most vulnerable people in Pakistan in urgent need of help," it
said in a statement.

"Pakistan has been hit by terrible floods and more
rain is forecast. Our thoughts are with those affected by
them," Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva was
quoted as saying.

"I am pleased that our decision to provide new
humanitarian funding for the most vulnerable people in
Pakistan will also be able to benefit the people, who
have suffered from this disaster."

The floods and landslides have destroyed hundreds of
homes and vast swathes of farmland in the northwest and
Pakistani Kashmir, with the main highway to China reportedly
cut and communities isolated.

The United Nations has said almost a million people
had been affected by the flooding.

PTI




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