Japan gives US$50 million for Pakistan's flood-affectedJan 18, 2011
Islamabad – The Government of Japan has provided US$50 million to support the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) work on early recovery for areas of the country worst hit by the large-scale flooding that started in July 2010.
The fresh funds from the Japanese government will benefit 13 million flood-affected people, including more than six million women and children as well as large numbers of Afghan refugees in 28 districts of the provinces of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Gilgit Baltistan.
“The Government of Japan is the largest contributor to UNDP’s early recovery programme,” said Toshihiro Tanaka, UNDP Country Director. “This support will further strengthen UNDP’s recovery efforts as people begin to rebuild their lives after the devastating floods.”
Working closely with local authority and community partners, UNDP will use the funds to help restart livelihoods, resume public services, through rehabilitation of basic community infrastructure, and establish early warning systems. Psychosocial counseling will focus on women, children and young people, the elderly and those with special needs.
Japan has been a UNDP partner in Pakistan for many years, providing support, for example, to programmes for rehabilitation of refugee host areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the promotion of peace and development in the province’s conflict-affected area of Malakand.
Reiterating Japan’s commitment, Chihiro Atsumi, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, said: “We trust Mr. Tanaka and his team will make the best use of this contribution for the alleviation of the suffering of the flood-affected people across Pakistan.”
Mehreen Saeed, Communication Analyst, UNDP Pakistan
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