Minister of State Power expresses concern and outlines response to date following the Pakistan flood5/8/10
As the number of people affected by the ongoing floods in Pakistan reaches an estimated three million, Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Peter Power, T.D., has expressed his concern for victims and sympathised with those who have lost family and friends in the disaster.
“Recent flooding in Pakistan has destroyed tens of thousands of homes and impacted the lives of almost three million people. Our thoughts go out to those who have lost loved ones in the flooding as well as to the people who have to face the aftermath of such devastation.”
Through our support for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund and through pre-positioned funds with Trócaire, Ireland is already responding to the needs of affected people. I have also placed our Rapid Response Corps on stand-by in case they are needed.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs continues to monitor the situation closely and is in close contact with United Nations and aid agency representatives to determine the most effective way to assist in the response.
Note for Editors
Ireland committed €20m to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in 2009. The CERF provides rapid funding to emergencies and disasters such as that in Haiti. Ireland is the 7th largest contributor having committed €73m since 2006. The UN has committed US$10m from the CERF in response to the Pakistan flooding to date. Irish Aid also pre-positions emergency funding with NGO partners such as GOAL, Concern and Trócaire in order to allow for quick disbursal in emergency situations. Trócaire has committed €200,000 in response to the crisis from funding pre-positioned through the Irish Aid Emergency Response Funds Scheme.
The Irish Rapid Response Corps comprises 130 volunteers with specialised skills in areas such as logistics, engineering and public health, which can prove vital in responding to emergency and humanitarian situations. In addition, Irish Aid has pre-positioned emergency supplies such as tents, blankets and water and sanitation equipment in depots around the globe which can be called upon in an emergency.
For further information visit www.irishaid.ie or contact Maggie Collins, Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs, on 01 854 6926.