The United States has provided $2 million in humanitarian aid for the UNHCR’s (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) flood response activities in Pakistan.
This money will go to the monsoon flood-affected areas, supporting life-saving efforts as well as aiding in the reconstruction of local facilities including schools, hospitals, and shelters.
The news comes as Pakistanis continue to struggle with the consequences of climate change-related extreme weather, with more than 33 million people forced to flee their homes owing to monsoon floods and torrential rains that have claimed more than 1,400 lives. Over half of the impacted areas in the nation’s 81 districts are home to Afghan refugees.
The United States contribution shows a persistent dedication to Pakistan’s unity and responsibility-sharing.
According to US Ambassador Donald Blome, “We are happy to announce $2 million in humanitarian aid to support UNHCR’s flood response, delivering critical commodities to flood-affected Pakistanis and Afghan refugees in three provinces and helping to reconstruct communities.”
The additional funding from the US builds on the $33 million already provided by the US for UNHCR’s planned programs in 2022. Which intend to improve livelihoods, expand the capacity of national educational and medical infrastructure in refugee-hosting communities, and support the search for solutions for refugees.
In response to flooding, UNHCR is on the ground delivering life-saving assistance to Afghan refugees. As well as their host communities in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan. At the same time, relief supplies like emergency shelters, hygiene products, mosquito nets, solar lanterns, and blankets are being rushed to flood-affected areas in southern Sindh province.