ISLAMABAD: The Government of Japan has donated over US$ 59 million in support of UNHCR’s efforts to assist flood affected Pakistani communities and Afghan refugees throughout Pakistan. This contribution of US$ 59,023,750 will benefit around 700,000 local people in all four provinces of Pakistan and over 80,000 Afghan refugees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, who were severely affected by the floods last year.
With this funding, UNHCR will build 18,000 one-room shelters for families affected by the floods, especially those where women are heads of household. The UN refugee agency will also distribute tents and plastic sheeting, together with basic household items like the kitchen sets to flood survivors mainly in Sindh and Balochistan provinces.
Infrastructure is also important and, working in close cooperation with the authorities, UNHCR plans to repair water supply systems, and build or rehabilitate basic health clinics and schools. The Government of Japan is the largest contributor to UNHCR’s emergency flood response, and has been an active supporter of Pakistan in times of need.
“The response of the Japanese people, and its Government, to our humanitarian initiatives for flood-affected Pakistanis and Afghan refugees, has been outstanding,” said Mengesha Kebede, UNHCR Representative in Pakistan. “This donation will bolster our capacity to respond to the requirements of most needy people in a timely manner,” added Mr. Kebede. To date, UNHCR 2010-2011 flood appeal for US$ 186 million has been funded almost 90 percent.
Over the past seven months, UNHCR has provided emergency shelter to almost 2 million people as part of a joint humanitarian effort. The UN refugee agency remains committed to helping 665,000 people across Pakistan with shelters. UNHCR has also been providing warm clothes, blankets and plastic sheeting to people living inside and outside of camps to survive the winter weather