Islamabad, 9 November 2022 (TDI): Nicolas Galey, the Ambassador of France to Pakistan, announced that the French government had set aside €2 million for flood-affected Pakistani communities in need of humanitarian assistance.
Press conference at #FranceinPak: overview by the ambassador and the defense attaché of the various kinds of humanitarian assistance provided by France to the flood-hit communities since September; focus on French teams on the field. @CdCMAE #TeamEurope @eu_echo @SecCivileFrance pic.twitter.com/u7kwhvARxP
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He claimed that the French government had given the World Food Programme (WFP) €1 million out of a total of €2 million for an integrated “Nutrition – Safety Net Programme” for expectant and lactating women.
The aid will be provided to women in the Sindhi districts of Qambar Shahdadkot and Khairpur. The Ambassador explained that the program would offer “cash grants to 5400 direct beneficiaries.
Likewise, it will grant cash to 32,400 household members, as well as life-saving nutrition preventive packages.” Additionally, three international non-governmental organizations received €1 million each for flood relief efforts.
Nicolas Galey stated at a press conference held at the Embassy that “These relief activities have provided critical assistance to vulnerable households, and contribute to reducing loss of life and improving living conditions in flood-affected communities.
He added that France swiftly sent emergency gear and military experts from the French civil security service to the scene to aid in relief operations and attend to urgent humanitarian needs after consulting with the Pakistani authorities.
In response to a question regarding the number of flights carrying aid for Pakistan, Ambassador Nicolas stated that on September 3, a special chartered flight arrived in Karachi with emergency supplies.
These included 83 high-capacity water pumps and more than 200 tents, as well as a military medical team made up of four doctors and four nurses, and a military team of four technicians to operate water pumps.
For two weeks, a French medical team provided hundreds of daily medical consultations in Sindh’s Badin district.
Additionally, 40 French civil security experts were stationed in Sindh’s Dadu district from October 7 to November 5 to operate “water purification equipment brought directly from France.”
The Ambassador concluded that the military team had given the nearby communities 600,000 liters of drinking water.