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EU to contribute €350,000 to help flood victims in Pakistan

A grant of €350,000 (about Rs76 million) has been approved by the European Union to help families in need of life-saving humanitarian aid after severe flooding devastated numerous areas of Pakistan.

The EU stated in a statement that the aid will concentrate on meeting the immediate needs of people most impacted in some of Balochistan’s hardest-hit areas, Jhal Magsi and Lasbela.

According to Taheeni Thammannagoda, who manages EU humanitarian programmes in Pakistan, “the disastrous floods have left a trail of ruin in Pakistan, leading people to suffer the loss of their homes, livelihoods, and belongings.”

The most vulnerable people will benefit from critical assistance thanks to EU money, which will support them through this difficult period.According to Thammannagoda, the money will help International Rescue Committee provide desperately needed aid.

The provision of cash transfers to assist flood-affected households in meeting their immediate needs, primary healthcare services with a focus on water-borne and infectious diseases, which are common after a flood, as well as nutrition support, are included in this.

According to the EU official, the programme will also offer psychological help to vulnerable populations like women, young girls, and children.

Through its Small Scale Response mechanism, the European Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is providing the EU financing.

Over 100 areas of Pakistan have experienced significant flash floods since early July as a result of above-average monsoon precipitation.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority, more than one million people have been impacted by the floods across the nation, including more than 600 fatalities and more than 23,000 displaced individuals.

The floodwaters have also damaged over 70,000 houses, some one million acres of crops and extensive stretches of roads. So far, the worst-affected province has been Balochistan.