Foreign Minister briefed by United Nation Emergency Relief Coordinator

Islamabad: Foreign Minister of Pakistan Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar accompanied by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon was on Monday briefed by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under Secretary General for OCHA Ms. Valerie Amos in New York on UN’s response to recent floods in Pakistan, says a press release received here today from New York.

The Foreign Minster while recalling her on-ground experience from last year’s floods described the extent of human and material loss caused by the recent rains and flooding in southern Pakistan. She appreciated UN’s support and called for better coordination by UN agencies in delivering of assistance.

The UN, last week, launched the Rapid Response Plan (RSP) for Pakistan Floods 2011. The Plan asks for assistance worth US $ 357 Million to help the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to respond to the needs of people affected by rains and flooding in southern Pakistan. The USG informed the Foreign Minister that US$ 27 million have been committed by donors so far.

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