Emergency UK aid shipped to flood-ravaged Pakistan from Dubai

Emergency UK aid shipped to flood-ravaged Pakistan from Dubai
Emergency UK aid shipped to flood-ravaged Pakistan from Dubai

ISLAMABAD, Sep 28 (APP): Thousands of emergency shelters, water purifiers and hygiene kits from the UK have been shipped to flood-ravaged Pakistan from Dubai.

The aid items by the British government are part of a £41.5 million pledge to support millions of people displaced by floods in Pakistan.

Emergency shelters are intended for up to 187,050 people while water filters and hygiene supplies should suffice around 31,282 people.

Pallets loaded up into shipping containers will arrive in Karachi days and the life-saving supplies will be delivered to the worst affected areas.

Catastrophic floods in Pakistan have left more than 250,000 square kilometres of area submerged, displacing 33 million people and destroying huge stretches of farmland.

More than 1,600 people have been killed and about two million homes have been destroyed.

“Dubai is an efficient global hub that allows us to act speedily during times of crisis,” Patrick Moody, British ambassador to the UAE was quoted as saying by the Emirates newspaper The National.

“We have given £16.5 million directly from the government, £25m from the British people themselves — they consistently do this to top up what the government is already doing when disasters happen.”

“The UAE’s ‘We Stand Together’ initiative is working well and shows the importance of strong partnerships.

“The British government is committed to this kind of action, and humanitarian work will continue to be one of our bedrocks, although we would like to solve the problems that cause these disasters in the first place.”

A financial appeal by the United Nations and Pakistan for help has been answered by the UK and the UAE governments, which are working in partnership to deliver aid where it is most needed.

Around £10 million raised by the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee will go to international aid agencies on the ground to provide water, sanitation and shelter.

Funds will also support families to repair their homes and maintain their livelihoods.

An initial £1.5 million pledged by the UK has already been used to assist at least 15,000 families, offer primary health care support through mobile medical camps and provide some 4,000 hygiene kits.

“The kits being sent to Pakistan are tailored to what people need. It is a highly efficient operation.”