USAID launches $600m project for flood affectees

By PPI
Published: February 6, 2011

More than a million heads of livestock died in the 2010 floods. photo: file

THATTA: In-charge USAID Program in Pakistan Dr Marlin Wyatt said on Sunday that American people stand by their Pakistani brothers in difficult times and would continue helping the rural population affected by floods.

“I can realize the problems of rural people as I myself belong to rural area,” she said while addressing a ceremony organized for sowing the sunflower seeds and distribution of relief cheques among growers under USAID program at village Mohammad Khan Palipota of Jati Taluka, 50km from Thatta.

She said that USAID has launched a 600 million dollar project for the rehabilitation of flood affected people of Pakistan under which Rs4,000 are being given to each grower besides seed and fertilizer.

Under the program 50,000 families would benefit and 100,000 acres of land could be cultivated, she added.

She hoped that growers would regain their economy under the USAID project and stand their own feet again.

US Council General Karachi William Martin and Secretary Agriculture Sindh Agha Akhtar Jan accompanied her.

WFP launches new project

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started a Rs40 billion project of providing basic provisions to flood and terrorism victims of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

WFP Spokesperson Amjad Jamal said the purpose of the project is to provide health, education and other facilities to the people of the province. He also said that efforts are underway for the rehabilitation of flood affectees.

He asserted that WFP will also provide food to the people of Mohmand Agency affected by the army operation within two days. The spokesperson said that the body is satisfied with donor funding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Steven
    Feb 6, 2011 - 6:52PM

    We must salute the Americans for helping us recover in our time of need. The floods were really horrendous but hopefully with the help of our friends, the nation will soon get back on its feet.Recommend

  • Feb 6, 2011 - 7:45PM

    No Steven, no!
    Aid of any kind including this one, pulls us one rung down the sovereignty and self respect ladder. Left on our own I’m sure we can help ourselves with reducing our wasteful expenditures and standing on our own feet, may be bare footed and wobbling, but own feet, instead of standing on golden crutches.Recommend

  • aMan
    Feb 6, 2011 - 9:42PM

    Our thanks to the generous US taxpayer. Recommend

  • Feb 7, 2011 - 10:58AM

    This country is so full of hypocrites. Hating the US but taking it’s money freely and expecting to give nothing in return.

    Where are all the bearded mullahs? They should be out there burning tires and protesting the acceptance of US funds in anyway shape or form! They are hypocrites with an open hand and a closed mind.

    We need to be greatful that ANYONE is willing to help us and much more so that they are willing to help us over and over again in such abundance even when the nation is showing no improvement.

    Pakistan needs to stop talking out of both sides of it’s mouth. When an employer pays you, you do what you are paid to do or get fired. Pakistanis need to realize that this is the relationship that has evolved between our country and the US. Recommend

  • Feb 15, 2011 - 9:19PM

    dear sir which u come in pakistan u r helping the poor people and u the gievn the charge in pakistan those who dont give the any resposibies to the give anythings to poor people i just want say the poor cant get any thing from u sidesRecommend

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