France allocates 1 MILLION EUR for flood victims

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Money given to three French international NGOs; Ambassador of France Nicolas Galey hands over cheques to these NGOs

Ansar M Bhatti

ISLAMABAD:  France has allocated 1 million EUR to three French International Non-Governmental Organisations for humanitarian relief operations for flood-hit communities in Pakistan.

These relief activities will provide critical assistance to vulnerable households, and contribute to reducing loss of lives and improving living conditions in flood-affected communities.

France’s financial assistance has been earmarked for the following relief operations:

Action Against Hunger (ACF), for an integrated project combining health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), agriculture, food security and livelihood for approximately 30 000 beneficiaries in the districts of Kambar Shadadkot and Khairpur in Sindh. The project will include the deployment of a healthcare clinic, the distribution of hygiene kits, the building of semi-permanent latrines, the rehabilitation of water supply schemes, and the provision of livestock kits and seeds.

Secours Islamique – France (SIF), for a multi-sectoral emergency assistance to 40 000 beneficiaries in the districts of Quetta, Killa Saifullah, Pishin and Lasbela, in Balochistan. The project will include the distribution of food packs and shelter kits, the rehabilitation of water supply systems, the distribution of hygiene kits and school kits, and the distribution of fodder and medicines for livestock, and the distribution of seeds and agricultural inputs for agricultural land rehabilitation.

Médecins du Monde (MDM), for the deployment of three mobile health teams, for 20 000 beneficiaries, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (districts of Nowshera, Charsadda and Chitral). The project will include the provision of primary health care services, medical equipment, and medicines.

French Ambassador, Nicolas Galey, said: “French international non-governmental organisations, together with their Pakistani partners, play an essential role in providing humanitarian assistance to flood-affected communities.

The French government is pleased to support Action against Hunger, Secours Islamique – France and Médecins du Monde in their relief operations. This financial support builds on other support provided by France, including the mission in September of a French medical team, the distribution of high-capacity water pumps, the provision of emergency equipment (tents, kitchen sets…), the current French civil security-led water purification operation in Dadu district, and the procurement of a portable bridge in the coming weeks”, he added.