British, Swiss raise millions for Pakistan

Published: August 23, 2010
People in Britain and Switzerland raised millions in aid for flood victims in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

People in Britain and Switzerland raised millions in aid for flood victims in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON/ISLAMABAD: The British public has given 29 million pounds in aid to Pakistan, charity officials said Monday.

After a slow start blamed on a lack of awareness of the crisis, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which coordinates humanitarian appeals from a dozen charities, said donations from the public were growing.

“This is a tragedy unfolding in slow motion with new areas still being flooded and the threat of deadly water-borne diseases stalking millions of survivors,” said DEC chief executive Brendan Gormley.

British Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said last week the government was doubling its emergency aid for Pakistan to more than 64 million pounds.

Switzerland raises more than $15 million

Switzerland stepped up its emergency aid contributions for flood victims in Pakistan, with more than $15.3 million donation.

Six disaster management experts have been sent to the crisis regions by the Swiss humanitarian aid unit (SHA).

The Swiss Solidarity foundation held a national fundraising day for the benefit of the flood victims where more than 16 million Swiss Francs ($15.3 million) were collected. Throughout the fundraising day, 500 volunteers, including former Swiss Presidents Ruth Dreifuss and Adolf Ogi, collected donation from the Swiss people.

According to the Swiss Embassy’s sources in Islamabad, the Swiss Government is also responding to appeals by the UN and the ICRC. Swiss contributions to the UN World Food Programme have reached one million Swiss Francs, while those to the ICRC have risen to three million Swiss Francs.

Four SHA experts and two delegates of the Swiss Red Cross have arrived in Pakistan and will prepare the ground for medium-term projects.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Aug 23, 2010 - 7:50PM

    Thank you Swiss and people from UK for the aid. We Pakistani welcome your gesture.Last night I also saw a Saudi Plane with aid and volunteers, a very welcome step from Saudi Arabia. We are also viewing USA and Japan along with their men and equipment so they are also most welcome. I heard than India is sending a team of around 400 para medics if so then most welcome. Canada is also doing a lot according to their cbc news paper. So are some other EU countries who are also on their toes. All who ever wants to help in any way are Most Welcome but this time please look with “Microscopic Eyes” how fairly all is utilized. Both local and foreign media must also show some extra vigilance with lot of responsibility and keep watchful eyes on the whole process. Please, no Point Scoring, no glorification of any party or individuals. Let all of us now show some maturity. Recommend

  • Farhan Zaheer
    Aug 23, 2010 - 7:57PM

    Wonderful example of humanitarian act from Europeans. Thank you very much Europe.Recommend

  • Akbar Ali
    Aug 23, 2010 - 10:25PM

    Thank you very very very much british and swiss publicRecommend

  • Anoop
    Aug 23, 2010 - 11:57PM

    “Switzerland raises more than $15 million”

    How did Pakistan’s close ally, whose relationship is deeper than the ocean higher than mountains, China raise? Recommend

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