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Estonia Extends Aid Mission in Flooded Pakistan


No. 14-E

The Foreign Ministry is supporting a two-month extension of the mission of Estonian rescue workers in Pakistan, which is still struggling in the aftermath of extreme flooding.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that in August of last year Pakistan was struck by the most severe humanitarian and natural disaster in the country’s recent history, as a result of which millions of residents have suffered and thousands have died. “The areas affected by the flooding are the poorest in the whole nation. The floods have forced millions of people to leave their homes,” stated Foreign Minister Paet. “Estonian rescue experts are helping to make sure that aid reaches those in need,” added the foreign minister.

The area around the city of Sukkur is one of the regions that was hardest hit by the flooding in Pakistan, and there are a large number of UN humanitarian aid workers co-ordinating the distribution of aid there. The construction and maintenance of a base camp for UN humanitarian aid workers was the joint project of International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP), which sees the participation of not only Estonian rescue experts but also Swedish, Danish, German, Norwegian, and Finnish specialists.

Earlier Estonian rescue experts have participated in aid missions in Namibia and Indonesia in 2009 and in Haiti and Pakistan in 2010.

Shortly after the disaster occurred, Estonia supported victims of the heavy flooding caused by monsoon rains in Pakistan with 63 900 euros’ worth of food aid donated through the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Estonian humanitarian aid for helping improve the situation of the people in Pakistan is allocated from the Foreign Ministry’s budget for development and humanitarian aid.

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