Pakistan Flood 2010 - International Responses

Pakistan Flood : Response by national governments:

Afghanistan finance minister Hazrat Omar Zakhailwal handed a cheque worth $1 million to Pakistani ambassador Mohammad Sadiq at the end of a press conference in Afghan capital Kabul.

Australia announced a A$10 million aid-package, as well as committing two C17 Globemaster aircraft to deliver emergency supplies and to assist relief efforts.

Austria donated 5.6 million euros to Pakistan.

Azerbaijan embassy in Pakistan transferred its two-days’ salary worth around $2,000 to relief fund.The country will also give US$1 million financial assistance for helping the victims and eliminate the aftermath of the disaster.
Bangladesh has pledged $2 million for relief and will also dispatch a medical team along with material assistance including tents, blankets, water purification tablets, mineral waters, life saving drugs and vaccines, oral saline, hygiene kit, biscuits and packed dry food.

Belgium donated 150,000 Euro for the victims.

Brazil donated US$ 0.7 million through World Food Programme or life-saving assistance to the affected.Canada announced that it would donate $2 million worth of emergency aid. $750,000 are expected to be donated to the ICRC for distribution of shelter-materials and water, sanitation and health-services, while the remainder goes to the WFP to provide much-needed food-assistance. On 14 August the Canadian government announced an additional $32 million Dollar in aid. The Canadian government announced on August 22 that it will match, dollar-for-dollar, citizen donations made to registered charities between August 2 and September 12.

China initially announced that it would provide emergency aid worth 10 million yuan (approx. US$ 1.48 million) to help the flood-victims. The People's Liberation Army donated another 10 million yuan to Pakistan. The Chinese Red Cross has also given US $50,000 in cash to Pakistan. The Chinese ambassador to Pakistan traveled to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and expressed his condolences to those affected by the tragedy. On 13 August, China announced another emergency humanitarian aid worth 50 million yuan (US$7.35 million) bringing the total official Chinese relief aid to more than 70 million yuan(approx. US$ 10.3 million) to the flood-affected Pakistani people.

Denmark has donated 60 million DKK (10M USD) in relief efforts and another 130 million DKK (22M USD) in further development aid.

Egypt donated medicine, medical supplies and foodstuffs.

Estonia donated 64,000 euros.

The European Union released €10 million to help Pakistan's flood victims on 11 August, as part of emergency aid to flood-stricken country. By 18 August, the EU had committed to spending €70 million (90 million dollars) on aid for victims of the floods.

Finland government donated €1.2 million for humanitarian assistance to the flood victims. €600,000 were channeled through the World Health Organization, €400,000 through the UNHCR and €200,000 through Finn Church Aid.

France donated 10.5 million euros and 35 tonnes of emergency supplies, tarpaulins, tanks, blankets, jerry cans, kitchen sets, water purification tablets, 200 shelters and anti-cholera medicines.

Germany initially committed €1 million for the victims, which was further increased to €2 million on 6 August.[93] On 12 August, Germany announced a $13 million aid package.[94] On 13 August Germany increased its aid commitment by €10 million to now €25 million in direct help plus €43 million via contributions through international organizations with which it is associated. In addition there have been private donations to charities in the scale of €24 million up to 18 August.

Hong Kong has donated HK$ 3 million to World Vision for a relief project for flood victims in Pakistan.
Iceland contributed ISK 23 million (US $190,000) to emergency aid in areas impacted by the monsoon floods in Pakistan.

An initial €200,000 was donated by the government of Ireland. An additional €550,000 was added on 9 August 2010.[97] Then the total was €960,000.The Irish media were critical of the country's government for providing less than half the aid it donated to Haiti after the earthquake there. €1.19 million was added on 19 August, bringing the total at that stage to €2 million, the total given to the Haiti disaster. Minister for Overseas Development Peter Power, TD, said at the time that more aid would be forthcoming from Ireland and that the country had provided a "proportionally greater" amount than "most other European countries". The Irish public had provided an additional sum of more than €2.5 million by 20 August.

On 13 August India offered US$5 million for provision of relief material for the victims of the massive floods. Further aid as required can be arranged, with a National Disaster Management Force in place, India finds it easier to respond for channelizing aid. Also, there are nearly 400 Indian doctors, who are waiting for the Pakistan government's nod for visas to help flood victims.India has supplied first consignment of 25 truck-loads of Indian potato to Pakistan.

Iran had committed over 400 tonnes of relief goods; out of which 330 tonnes had already been delivered by the Iranian transport aircrafts as of 24th August 2010. These goods included tents, floorings, clothes, canned food, bread and medical supplies. Iranian red crescent society has also been on the ground along with Pakistan Red Crescent Society as a part of its ongoing relief operation inside Pakistan to more than 100,000 flood vicitms. In addition to the Iranian government help Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani has announced that one third of collected Khums will be donated to Pakistan for humanitarian assistance. Iran's chamber of commerce also donated US $1 million to the flood affectees. Iran has also offered to setup field hospitals and community centers for flood victims in Pakistan.In response to UN's appeal for help at New York, Iran committed US $10 million towards the flood relief. In addition to this fund, Imam Khomeini Relief Committee was directed to collect private donations from Iranians and donate it to Pakistani government. Iranian interior minister also visited Pakistan as the head of a humanitarian mission assessing the needs of Pakistani people in order to facilitate the distribution of Iranian aid to Pakistan. During the visit the Pakistani interior minister was invited to Tehran for discussing the flood situation among other matters, and the Pakistani minister visited Iran on 22 August 2010. Iranian interior minister during a meeting with Pakistani interior minister informed the latter that Iran is the third largest donor nation in terms of delivered aid. Iran has also assured Pakistan of its continued support and aid into future. In order to better supply relief to flood victims, Iranian president Dr. Ahmadinejad would visit the flood hit areas of Pakistan.

Japan provided US$ 0.23 million for emergency relief goods, while additional assistance of up to US$3 million has been committed for the disaster aftermath.In a press release, Japan announced to extend the aid to 14.4 million USD (approx. 1.22 billion JPY) in total, in the form of the provision of emergency relief goods, as well as food, water, sanitation etc. Japan is also expected to send a unit of six helicopters and some 300 SDF Troops

Jordan A plane carrying food and medical supplies left for Pakistan on 15 August. It is carrying a 25-member medical team, including nine doctors, as well as 21,000 typhoid and cholera vaccines.

Kosovo donated €150,000 to the Government of Pakistan's flood relief efforts.

Kuwait has also donated US $5 million to victims of the severe floods in Pakistan, according to Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS).

Malaysia has also announced aid of $1 million to help people in flood-hit Pakistan.

Morocco sent a plane carrying 12 tonnes of humanitarian aid.

Nepal cabinet provided cash assistance of Rs 10 million for flood victims in Pakistan.

Nigeria also assisted Pakistan by donating US$ 1 million.

Norway facilitated relief operation by providing NOK 30 million. NOK 9 million were given to UN Central Emergency Response Fund, and NOK 21 million were allocated to UNICEF, Pakistan Emergency Response Fund (ERF), and Pakistan Red Crescent Society

The Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO) send 2,336MT of aid to Pakistan, comprising foodstuffs, water, dates, tents, relief supplies and tools.

Qatar Red Crescent has appealed for QR 6.5 million and as part of its Ramadan campaign allocated QR1.5 million to its humanitarian mission.  QATAR Charity (QC) has started delivering food packs worth QR7 million ($2 million) in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP). It also plans to airlift 80 tonnes of emergency relief items, totalling around QR 2.2 million ($600,000).

Saudi Arabia released a statement announcing the establishment of an air-bridge to ferry relief-supplies to Pakistan. In total Saudi Arabia has allocated US $112.3 million. for the relief-operation. So far relief goods worth USD 40 million has been delivered and some USD 67 million worth of relief goods are in pipeline besides USD 5.3 million has been handed over to National Disaster Management Authority – NDMA Pakistan in cash.
Slovakia donated power generators, water pumps and tents.

Sri Lanka dispatched 18 metric tons of relief goods worth approx US$ 3 million to Pakistan on a Sri Lankan Air Force C-130. The Health Ministry will also send will be in the 15 member special medical team to Pakistan.
Sweden will send eight water cleaning aggregates which together have a capacity to support 18,000 people with clean drinking water.

Switzerland donated CHF 3 million to Pakistan.

Sudan donated 10 tonnes of food, medicine and shelter equipments as well as a medical team including all disciplines.

Syria announced that it would send 35 tonnes of foodstuffs, medical supplies, medicines and many other necessary materials to help flood victims.

Tunisia sent a plane with 13 tons of food products, medicine, blankets and clothes.

Turkey has donated US$ 5 million to Pakistan initially, in addition to 115 tonnes of humanitarian aid consisting of food packages, blankets, sleeping bags and beds delivered to Pakistan Red Crescent Society.By 18 August, Turkey has donated more than US$11 million and issued a rallying cry and launched a large-scale relief effort for flood-ravaged Pakistan.

United Arab Emirates A fleet of Chinook helicopters was deployed to help in evacuation, according to the commander of the UAE Armed Forces Relief Team in Pakistan. The UAE Force in Afghanistan distributed 30MT of relief materials and food to flooded areas of the country. The UAE also pledged to donate $ 5 million for the flood relief operations in Pakistan.

The government of the United Kingdom has committed £64.3 million (US $100 million) to the relief and recovery effort, in addition to bringing forward a £10 million bridge project to replace some of those washed away. Interventions carried out or under way include the flying in of 400 metric tons of aid, and providing tents, shelter kits, blankets, water containers and nutritional interventions. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also acknowledged the slow international response and urged British public to donate generously. British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II has made a personal donation to the relief effort for flood victims in Pakistan, the Queen gave an undisclosed amount via the British Red Cross.Additionally Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, said that the international response had been "absolutely pitiful."

The United States has been at the forefront of the relief effort. The United States stated that it would provide 56,000 ready meals on 1 August and 2, twelve temporary bridges and two water-filtration-plants to help the flood-victims as part of a US$10 million aid-pledge.Commenting on the floods, the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, stated, "The Pakistani people are friends and partners, and the United States is standing with them as the tragic human toll mounts from flooding in northwest Pakistan."Hillary Clinton personally donated $10 for flood-relief in an effort to encourage people to donate, no matter how small the amount.[159] On 10 August, US announced another $20 million to provide relief for the affected, taking the flood related aid from United States to US$ 55 million.On 11 August, US increased its assistance for flood-ravaged Pakistan to $ 71 million.Additionally, United States initially provided six US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters from their duty in Afghanistan. On 12 August, it provided two more CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters to assist Pakistan Army in their relief efforts. The two helicopters are first of 19 helicopters that US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has urgently ordered for Pakistan in next few days. Senator John Kerry also visited Pakistan in order to survey the damage from the disaster, and to raise US public awareness about Pakistani relief needs.[164] On 13 August, US increased its aid to US $84 million as USS Peleliu gets ready to dispatch more helicopters pledged earlier by US Defense Secretary.[165] In addition to this, the United States is providing $3 million to the World Health Organization to expand the capacity of Pakistan's Disease Early Warning System (DEWS) and to establish the first 15 treatment centers for water-borne illness. It is also working with the humanitarian community to spread awareness through radio stations regarding safety precautions against water-borne diseases.[166] On 14 August, further two CH-53E Super Stallion and a MH-53E Sea Dragon arrived in Pakistan to work with Pakistan military in flood-affected areas. On Thursday, 20 August, the United States pledged an additional $60 million to the U.N. flood relief effort in Pakistan, bringing its total contribution to $150 million in a move designed to encourage other governments and private donors to boost their aid.

Uzbekistan has sent 300,000 dollars worth of humanitarian aid to Pakistan.

World Bank provided US$ 1.3 million to Pakistani government for relief work. The bank has additionally approved a loan of US$ 900 million for medium and long term reconstruction.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) has also offered to discuss how to help Pakistan manage the economic impact of the floods.

Asian Development Bank in response to the floods has offered a loan of 2 billion dollars for the reconstruction efforts.

Islamic Development Bank in response to the floods has offered a loan of 11 million dollars for the reconstruction efforts.

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