State Secretary for International Development, Ingrid Fiskaa, speaking at the UN General Assembly meeting on emergency aid to flood disaster in Pakistan. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Emma K. Lydersen.State Secretary for International Development, Ingrid Fiskaa, speaking at the UN General Assembly meeting on emergency aid to flood disaster in Pakistan. Photo: Norway UN Mission/Emma K. Lydersen

Emergency appeal for Pakistan flood victims

8/20/2010 // “It’s important that the emergency aid for flood victims in Pakistan pays special attention to the needs of women and children,” Norway's State Secretary for International Development, Ingrid Fiskaa, stressed at the UN on August 19, 2010. She was taking part in the special session of the UN General Assembly on the emergency response to the flood disaster in Pakistan.

The devastating flood in Pakistan has created enormous needs both in the north and south of the country. More than 20 million people have been affected, six million of whom are in need of emergency food assistance and clean water. So far, 900.000 homes have been washed away.

 

“The flood is one of the greatest natural disasters Pakistan has ever seen. It is important that the world unites to help alleviate the suffering and give the disaster the attention it deserves. People need help now, especially women and children,” said State Secretary Fiskaa.

 

See photos from the UN meeting at the Norway at the UN on Flickr.

 

The flood has been described as a slow-moving disaster. In certain areas up to 9 metres of rain fell in a matter of five days, ten times what’s normal in a year. In her statement, Ms. Fiskaa also focused on how the effects of climate change can lead to more frequent and more devastating natural disasters. 

 

"What's unfolding in Pakistan is a reminder that we may be facing a world  where disasters are made worse because of climate change. Millions will be driven from their homes," the State Secretary said.

 

See UN Photos from flooded areas in Pakistan. 

 

The special session at the UN General Assembly was attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and several foreign ministers, including Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

 

Norway is increasing its support for flood victims in Pakistan to NOK 115 million (about USD 19 million), in addition to NOK 185 million (USD million) in overseas development aid. Norway supports organisations with a long track record of experience and knowledge about Pakistan. The United Nations, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Red Cross are among the most important.

 

Click here to see how the Norwegian funds will be allocated.


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