Denmark upscales the support to the flood relief efforts]
After the worst floods in the history of Pakistan, the Danish minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Soren Pind visited Pakistan on 30 and 31 August 2010. During his visit to a relief camp in Nowshera, the minister announced an additional amount of USD 10 million for immediate relief efforts. Prior to this, the Government of Denmark had donated USD 12 million for the devastating flood victims.
Denmark is among the international donors that have given the most per capita in aid following the natural disaster. With a population of only 5.4 million people, the total donation of 22 million amounts to a contribution of 4 dollars from each Dane to relief efforts for Pakistan’s flood victims.
The funds are being provided to various UN organizations, the Red Cross/Red Crescent, the Danish Emergency Management Agency and various Danish NGOs already present in Pakistan, thus allowing an immediate response to the emergency situation.
Besides the Danish humanitarian emergency aid, the Danish Parliament on 12 August 2010 also approved a grant of 22.5 million dollars for development help to Pakistan. The funds are earmarked for reconstruction and early recovery work in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, as well as support for democratic institutions.
This brings the Danish state-sponsored donations to humanitarian aid and development help for Pakistan to a total of 44.5 million dollars.
For further information please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark’s Department for Humanitarian Action (HUC@UM.DK) or Department for Asia (ASI@UM.DK) or the Danish Embassy in your country of residence.