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Australia responds to cyclone, storms and flooding in Pakistan

Wednesday July 25, 2007

The Australian Government, through its international aid agency AusAID, is providing AUD$1 million to the International Red Cross to help the Pakistan Red Crescent respond to heavy seasonal storms, widespread flooding and Cyclone Yemyin in Pakistan.

The combined effects of these storms and the consequent flooding which swept through Baluchistan and Sindh Provinces in late June has claimed over 300 lives and displaced over 300,000 people. In the weeks after the disaster, suffocating heat and a lack of clean water, food and shelter, made life extremely difficult in flood-affected areas of the country.

The funds will go towards providing affected people with food, essential relief goods, material for emergency shelter, and health services. Australian Red Cross aid worker has also been sent to the area to assist in providing essential water and sanitation to affected communities.