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MPs criticised 'unacceptable' delays in getting aid to the victims of the floods in Pakistan

MPs criticised 'unacceptable' delays in getting aid to the victims of the floods in Pakistan

MPs criticised 'unacceptable' delays in getting aid to the victims of the floods in Pakistan

A committee of MPs has criticised "unacceptable" delays in getting international aid to the victims of last year's devastating floods in Pakistan.

Of the 1.9 billion dollars (£1.2 billion) called for by the United Nations, only around two-thirds - 1.2 billion dollars (£730 million) - had been received by February, according to the Commons International Development Committee.

And just 720 million dollars (£440 million) worth of assistance had actually reached victims on the ground, it said.

"Overall the response was inadequate in the face of huge needs," the committee said.

However, the committee said that the UK could be proud of its contribution, with the Department for International Development supplying £134 million in assistance with at least £64 million coming from individual donors.

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said: "We welcome this report, which recognises Britain's leadership and swift response to the Pakistan floods.

"Britain has provided shelter to some 1.3 million people, medical assistance to over 2.5 million people, and is now helping around two million people feed themselves again by providing seed and animals.

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"While the flood waters have receded, the disaster continues for many.

"The international community must step up to the mark to ensure that help continues to get through to those who remain in need."


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