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European Commission doubles Pak floods aid to 150m Euros

BRUSSELS: In a greater development, the European Commission has doubled its Pakistan floods aid to 150 million Euros, equal to $205 million, the European Union’s humanitarian aid chief said Friday. The EU’s executive arm has already provided 70 million euros in aid and will now distribute another 80 million euros to its partner organisations, European humanitarian aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva told a news conference.

“Our own staff in Pakistan confirms that more financial resources will translate into more lives saved and more people helped,” she said. “For that reason we have decided in the commission to more than double our humanitarian support to Pakistan.” Combined with contributions from national governments, the European Union’s support for Pakistan now totals 400 million euros, she said.-SANA

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