UK: More aid needed for Pakistan flood victims

AP News
Posted: May 09, 2011 7:02 PM
UK: More aid needed for Pakistan flood victims

Delays in getting international aid to the victims of last year's floods in Pakistan are leaving millions in need of assistance, a British committee of lawmakers said in a report Tuesday.

The Commons International Development Committee said that of the $1.9 billion called for by the United Nations, as of February only around $1.2 billion had been received.

Of that, just $720 million worth of assistance has actually reached victims, the report said.

"While the flood waters have receded, the disaster continues for many," said Andrew Mitchell, the British government's international department secretary. "The international community must step up to the mark to ensure that help continues to get through to those who remain in need."

Pakistan's floods last summer killed 2,000 people and affected 20 million, of whom 7 million remain homeless, officials say. At one point, one-fifth of Pakistan was under water, more than 3 meters (10 feet) deep in some places.