Government seeks international funds for flood-affected areas

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, the federal government decided to seek international funds for the relief programme in flood-affected areas. The financial assistance will help to restore damaged infrastructure and rehabilitate citizens who lost shelter due to floods.

Since July, rain-related incidents have caused 830 deaths. The decision to ask for international help was made by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has also asked the nation to come forward and contribute to the relief programmes. He said that Rs 80 billion were required to re-locate victims and overcome damages.

Mr Sharif further added that cash relief of Rs37.2 billion was being distributed by the government, and Rs5 billion had been transferred to NDMA.

The government has announced Rs25,000 for flood victims while Rs1 million for families who lost their members. The European Union has also decided to provide financial assistance by releasing Rs76 million as humanitarian assistance.

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