UK Announces Allocation Of Further £44 Million For Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

Gareth Thomas, Minister for International Development, today announced that the UK will make another £9 million available for reconstruction and rehabilitation following the earthquake in Pakistan. £1.5 million of this will be used to help affected communities cope with problems faced in winter, including the rapid onset of diseases such as measles and pneumonia, which could affect up to 4 million people in the earthquake area. The funding is from a total of £44 million intended for the next two years.

Last year DFID pledged a total of £70 million for reconstruction and rehabilitation. £5 million has already been spent on rebuilding critical bridges, training teachers and administrators to support the rebuilding of education in the affected areas, and TB prevention and mental health. Gareth Thomas announced the release of further funds in Islamabad, during his visit to Pakistan, after signing an agreement with Ms Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of State, Economic Affairs Division. The latest £44 million, will be spent over the next two years, with the final £21 million of the £70 million being allocated in a year’s time.

The rest of the £9 million will help Pakistan monitor its reconstruction programme and help reduce the impact of future disasters in the region. The remaining £35 million is intended for direct support to the Government of Pakistan’s Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority for their reconstruction priorities.

Gareth Thomas said:

“Following the success of getting emergency supplies to those most in need after the earthquake, it is important to maintain the momentum and ensure that the longer term needs of those affected by the earthquake are met.

“The UK is committed to working with the Government of Pakistan and international organisations to help rebuild schools, provide clean drinking water and build better homes to withstand future shocks. Our long term support will help those people worst affected to build a better future”.

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), is one of the ‘group of seven’ large donors working with the Government of Pakistan to help meet the earthquake recovery challenge. DFID will play a major role during reconstruction, both as a trusted partner of the Government and as one of the largest bilateral donors.

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