Australian aid for flood-affected Pakistan

Media release

15 November 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced $2 million in emergency food aid for families affected by monsoonal flooding in Pakistan.

Senator Carr said the funds would contribute to the World Food Programme's (WFP) supply of basic food rations for 1.2 million people at risk of starvation after the destruction of more than one million acres of crops.

"Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority reports that more than five million people have been affected by this year's monsoonal floods," Senator Carr said.

"Around 470 people have died and nearly 500,000 homes and farms have been damaged or destroyed.

"This $2 million in emergency aid will help deliver food and nutritional supplements to the mostly poor, rural families in the areas most devastated by floods.

"It's what Australians do – helping families and communities recover after the devastation of natural disaster, conflict and humanitarian crises."

Since 2010, more than 30 million people across Pakistan have been affected by annual monsoonal flooding.

Australia has provided $97.8 million since 2010 in post-flood humanitarian support for Pakistan.

Australia is the WFP's fifth largest national donor. Last year, Australia's support assisted the WFP to provide food assistance to more than 90 million people in 75 countries.

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