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We'll stand by Pakistan, vows Clegg

Nick Clegg vows that Britain will "stand by Pakistan in its hour of need" as he praised the public's generosity in raising funds for the flood relief effort.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the UK had "led the way" as donations raised by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal reached £33 million.

The Government has also pledged more than £60 million to help cope with the humanitarian disaster.

Mr Clegg said: "The floods in Pakistan have been an almost unimaginable human catastrophe.

"People across Britain have led the way in their generosity to bring much-needed help to those affected by this terrible tragedy.

"Britain will stand by Pakistan in its hour of need."

On a visit to the DEC's headquarters in central London, Mr Clegg will give further details of the way UK aid is being spent.

The additional money pledged last week will be targeted mainly at the Punjab and Sindh provinces in the south of the country and will be spent alongside the money raised by the DEC appeal.

As well as addressing the urgent need for shelter, food, clean water and healthcare, the support will increasingly go to longer-term help for people to rebuild their lives, such as supplying farmers with new seed for crops.

The UK will send 10 prefabricated 30-metre road bridges to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa district. They will leave Tilbury docks in London at the end of this month to arrive in Karachi next month.


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