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Minister Power approves emergency funding for Irish aid agencies and the UN response in Pakistan

Irish Aid, Press Releases, Asia and Oceania, 2010

The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr. Peter Power T.D., today announced the allocation of €1.05 million of the €2m pledged by the Government to flood-stricken Pakistan. The funds will support the work of the World Food Programme, UNICEF, Plan Ireland, and Goal.

Announcing the allocation, Minister Power said:

“Millions of people are at immediate risk of life-threatening illnesses and starvation in Pakistan. I have today allocated funding to a number of agencies working to alleviate their plight and, in particular, that of the many thousands of children who are suffering the effects of this catastrophe.

UNICEF and Plan Ireland both have child-centred approaches to delivering humanitarian aid and to addressing the particular difficulties which children encounter in a disaster of such enormous proportions.

In addition, funding has also been approved to assist Goal for its humanitarian response in Sindh province. The slow pace of the humanitarian response in Sindh province to date has been deeply worrying. Continuing flooding and the difficult terrain have made access extremely difficult.

I am pleased that in Goal, we will be supporting a key Irish aid agency working with local partners in Sindh and that the Irish Aid funding being announced today will assist in the delivery of vital food, clean water and shelter to the highly vulnerable population in this area.

With regard to feeding the displaced population, the World Food Programme faces its largest caseload in at least a decade. Six million people need food for at least the coming month. I am pleased to be able to provide vital funds from Ireland to assist the WFP in this critical response.”

Note for Editors:

Irish Aid is the Government’s programme for overseas development. It is a division of the Department of Foreign Affairs.  For further information, visit www.irishaid.ie.

Today’s allocation represents programming of the additional funding made available by Minister of State, Peter Power on Thursday last (19 August 2010). The funding has been allocated as follows:

The balance of the €2 million total pledged will be allocated in the coming days.