Smith Hails Euro Aid Boost For Pakistan

19 August 2010
SNP Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has today welcomed news that the European Union will spend an extra 30m Euros to fund emergency aid for victims of devastating floods in Pakistan.
The announcement brings the total promised by the EU to 70m Euros and does not include money donated by individual EU member states. The funds will be used to boost the emergency assistance carried out by the Commission’s humanitarian aid partners. EU relief experts are also on the ground to ensure funds are used correctly.

 

Smith said:

“10 million people have been affected by the floods that hit large parts of Pakistan and new flood warnings have been issued in some areas of the country.

“Sadly, international response to the devastating floods has been inadequate. There are growing health concerns for those surviving without proper shelter, food or clean drinking water, three weeks after the country's worst natural disaster began. This latest aid donation will provide a small boost but it is vital that we step up humanitarian aid and prepare a long-term reconstruction assistance plan.”