Switzerland supports Pakistan with eight million francs
Switzerland has promised financial aid of eight million Swiss francs for Pakistan. In addition, four experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit are traveling to Pakistan.
More than 1,100 people have died in the devastating floods in Pakistan over the past two weeks.
“My thoughts are with the millions of people affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan,” wrote Federal President Ignazio Cassis on Twitter on Tuesday. Switzerland is sending a team to support humanitarian aid in cooperation with the Swiss embassy on site.
According to a statement from the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the need is urgent. The team will carry out initial clarifications for on-site assistance.
Switzerland is directing financial aid to the UN emergency aid fund (five million francs) and the fund of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (three million francs). These organizations have decided on emergency aid measures of 3 million and 0.5 million US dollars respectively.
33 million people affected
According to the civil protection authority, more than 1,100 people have died in the devastating floods in Pakistan in the past two weeks. Almost 400 of them are children. More than a million houses and almost 3,500 kilometers of roads were destroyed and around 160 bridges collapsed. According to estimates by the Ministry of Planning, the damage to the Pakistani economy amounts to around ten billion dollars.
Last Thursday, the government in Islamabad declared a state of emergency and asked for international help to deal with the disaster. In total, more than 33 million people were affected by the floods, it said.
The South Asian country with around 220 million inhabitants has been suffering from unusually heavy monsoon rains since mid-June. The Balochistan region in the southwest is particularly affected. But the north-west of Pakistan is now also struggling with major damage due to the floods. Natural disasters such as floods, droughts and landslides have increased in Pakistan in recent years. Experts attribute this to climate change. (SDA)