BRUSSELS: The European Commission said Thursday it will release another 15 million euros in aid ($19 million) to Pakistan where tens of thousands of people are affected by flood and unrest.
The money takes the 2012 total for Pakistan to 70 million and will be targeted at help for those affected by ongoing conflict in the north of the country as well as victims of a third successive year of heavy flooding in the south.
“These two largely unreported crises in Pakistan are affecting tens of thousands of vulnerable people,” said EU aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.
Flash floods triggered by record rains in southwestern Pakistan have affected around 700,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, officials said.
Monsoon rains in 2010 killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.