Australia's Pakistan flood relief now totals $75 million

Media release

Multan, Pakistan

17 September 2010

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today announced a further $40 million in Australian Government aid to Pakistan.

Minister Rudd made the announcement while touring the flood-stricken province of Punjab.

Nation-wide the flood damage has left more than six million people dependent on emergency food supplies and up to ten million people without shelter.  It is estimated more than 21 million people are affected by the flooding, which is more than the combined impacts of the 2004 Asian tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

“The crisis is already serious, and further aid is necessary right now to avoid a major calamity. That is the message that I will be taking to the High-Level Meeting on Pakistan in New York on 19 September,” said Minister Rudd.

“The new assistance will more than double Australia's overall contribution to the Pakistan flood relief effort.

“This includes $11 million to help address urgent humanitarian needs in food, health, water and sanitation through the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.”

Minister Rudd said he was impressed by the assistance being provided by Australia's non-government organisations and they would receive $9 million to further assist emergency relief and early recovery efforts.

An additional $20 million will help the Pakistan people rebuild their lives by assisting farmers to replant their crops, ensuring children return to school and rebuilding damaged health facilities.

“The consequences of an extended crisis in Pakistan are severe, not only because of its humanitarian toll but because of Pakistan's pivotal place in the security of the region.”

Minister Rudd said while he was troubled to see the extent of the disaster, he was also impressed by the vital assistance being provided by Australia at the “Camp Cockatoo” medical facility in Kot Addu, near the city of Multan.

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