The UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has so far received contributions of 16 million pounds for relief and rehabilitation of 33 million people affected by devastating floods in Pakistan.
In a meeting with Pakistan’s High Commissioner in London Moazzam Ahmad Khan, a DEC delegation briefed the envoy on the response to their Pakistan Flood Appeal launched a week ago and that contributions of 16 million pounds have been received so far.
The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities at times of crisis overseas to raise funds quickly and efficiently.
The UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) delegation included Saleh Saeed OBE, Chief Executive Officer, and Madara Hettiarachchi, Director Programme.
DEC is working in partnership with the government of Pakistan and will spend the collected amount through its partner NGOs working in the flood-affected areas to provide food, shelter, clean drinking water, sanitation supplies, and hygiene facilities.
Moreover, funds would also be spent to restore the livelihoods of the affected people.
The High Commissioner appreciated the DEC for its efforts and urged the need to closely work with the Pakistan Armed Forces, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMAs) for expeditious and effective distribution of relief goods.
Assuring the DEC of full support in its flood relief operations, he also underlined the need for a synergetic effort by all partner agencies to avoid duplication and overlapping.
As many as 33 million people have been affected and the death toll from days of rain has reached 1,343. The climate disaster has left hundreds of thousands homeless, swept away 1.6 million houses, 5,735 km (3,564 miles) of transport links, 750,000 head of livestock, and swamped more than 2 million acres (809,370 hectares) of farmland. The floods have caused losses of at least $10 billion, officials estimate.
The United Nations has launched an appeal for $160 million in aid to help the flood victims.
Fifteen UK charities, including the British Red Cross and Oxfam, are asking the public for donations to help flood victims in Pakistan. The UK government has pledged £10m in funding to protect lives and help provide water, sanitation and shelter.