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150 MILLION EURO donated for flood affectees.

ISLAMABAD, September 02, 2010 (Frontier Star): A sum of 150 million Euros have so far been donated by the Pakistani Community, Belgian Government, EU, Belgian Public and various NGOs from Belgium for flood affected people of Pakistan. EU has committed 140 million Euro as flood relief assistance as well as humanitarian assistance. The Belgian Government has donated 2 million Euro in addition to 4 million Euros it had already pledged in humanitarian assistance to Pakistan. The Executive Council of Antwerp has announced 75,000 Euro for flood relief efforts. The Grand Dutch of Luxembourg has contributed 500,000 Euro and the Mark Samuel Foundation Luxembourg has donated Rs. 125000. Belgian Public has donated 800,00 Euro while Pakistani Community in Belgium is channeling its contribution mainly through private charity organizations or individually, however the Ismaili Community in Brussels has donated 5500 Euro as flood relief assistance in the Prime Minister's Relief Fund, says a press release received here today. The financial assistance is in addition to the goods and services provided by NGOs, EU, NATO, Belgian Government and Pakistani Community. The Flemish Government dispatched an emergency relief team, headed by Dr. Luc Beau court, a Belgian emergency expert, to Pakistan to undertake need assessment. Five major Belgian NGOs specialized in emergency assistance, Oxfam, Caritas, UNICEF Belgium, Doctors in the World and Handicap International have started coordinated national solidarity campaign for the Pakistan flood victims to raise five million euro. The Consortium has done useful relief work during Tsunami and the Haiti earthquake disasters. Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) has started relief operations in Pakistan. It has sent two flights load of medicines, water and sanitation material from Brussels to Pakistan and is also maintaining the stocks in Pakistan through local procurements and employing local staff along with the essential International staff to carry out relief operations. NATO has already providing airlift and sealift for the delivery of aid to Pakistan. The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre at NATO Headquarters in Brussels has been acting as a clearing house for humanitarian assistance offered by Allies and Partner nations. The first NATO aircraft carrying 500 tons of relief goods reached Pakistan on August 22, 2010, while more NATO flights to deliver humanitarian aid from the alliance's member nations, its partners and International aid organizations are expected to follow in the next coming days. The Belgian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Steven Vanackere participated in UNGA Special Session on floods in Pakistan on 19-20 August 2010 while on 23 August, Crystalline Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response visited affected areas in Pakistan with assistance in kind. At the request of the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels, M/s Cargolux, Luxembourg Air Flight Company has agreed to facilitate the relief assistance by transporting relief items from Luxembourg to Karachi free of charge. The Belgian media has started a media campaign to create awareness about the devastation caused by floods to mobilize assistance for the flood victims. VRT television and a number of Radio stations are broadcasting the campaign spotlights. Special programmes in the coming weeks will pay special attention to the disaster. Vitaya and other websites have been focusing on the events in Pakistan in order to raise awareness among people for raising funds. Furthermore, French and Dutch newspapers are highlighting the relief efforts to the flood affected areas through Editorials, columns and special features on floods in Pakistan.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 2, 2010
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