The UK, through the Department for International Development, is providing emergency relief to support those affected by the Pakistan floods.
Speaking about the humanitarian situation in Pakistan, the Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell said:
“I know many British people are deeply concerned by the terrible suffering caused by the ongoing monsoon floods in Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan is leading the relief efforts, and the UK is ready to help in any way we can.
The UK’s contribution to the emergency relief effort will help limit disease and further deaths by helping provide safe drinking water, food, toilets, medical care, and other essential items to at least 800,000 people in Pakistan affected by the monsoon floods.”
Britain’s support to the Government of Pakistan’s response effort is in addition to the funding the UK is providing to the UN led Pakistan Emergency Response Fund. The UK was the first country to contribute to this new emergency fund.
Heavy rain in areas of Pakistan over recent days has caused widespread flooding, particularly in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan. Britons should take into account the latest information before considering travel to areas that may be affected.
The British High Commission in Islamabad is liaising with local authorities to get updates on the situation and is relaying information to those British Nationals it is in touch with.
British nationals travelling overseas are encouraged to use our new LOCATE service to tell us where they are travelling to so our Embassy and crisis staff can provide better assistance in an emergency.
All Britons travelling to Pakistan should consult the Foreign Office travel advice for Pakistan before travelling.