Brussels, 31 July 2010
Pakistan: Commission provides €30 million to address humanitarian needs
The European Commission has adopted a €30 million humanitarian aid decision to assist the most vulnerable people in Pakistan in urgent need of help. The main beneficiaries are the conflict-affected people, including internally displaced persons (IDP), people who are returning to their homes but have lost their livelihoods and sometimes also their houses, as well as host families whose capacities have been overstretched by months of hosting IDPs. The aid decision takes immediate effect. Pakistan is currently also hit by heavy monsoon rains and flood victims, many of whom have lost their houses and livelihoods due to this disaster, will also be able to benefit from the Commission's support.
Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, said: "Pakistan has been hit by terrible floods and more rain is forecast. Our thoughts are with those affected by them. 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."
She added: "The security and the humanitarian situation are very volatile in Pakistan. The most important issue is that humanitarian principles are respected in the delivery of aid. This includes access to the assistance by those who need it most as well as access to the beneficiaries, as our humanitarian aid is purely needs based."
The Commission’s humanitarian support covers protection, emergency shelter and non-food items (blankets, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, etc.), IDP camp coordination and management, basic health services, food assistance, the provision of potable water and sanitation, security management for humanitarian actors, mine action, livelihood support and disaster preparedness.
Over the last twelve months, the Commission has given a total of €101.25 million in aid for the victims of humanitarian crises in Pakistan, including today's allocation.
The Commission-funded humanitarian projects are implemented by non-governmental relief organisations, specialised UN agencies and the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement. ECHO has a support office in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad. It closely follows developments in the humanitarian situation and monitors the use of the Commission's relief funds. An ECHO expert is currently on his way to the monsoon and flood affected areas of the country.
For further information: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/index_en.htm