Thursday, August 19, 2010

World aid to Pakistan increases

World aid to Pakistan increases
(World Magazine)

The United States, Germany, and Saudi Arabia all announced new pledges of aid, while Japan said it would send helicopters to help distribute food, water, and medicine. The Asian Development Bank said it would redirect $2 billion of existing and planned loans for reconstruction.

The floods have affected 20 million people and about one-fifth of Pakistan’s territory, straining its civilian government as it also struggles against al-Qaeda and Taliban violence. Aid groups and the United Nations have complained that foreign donors have not been quick or generous enough given the scale of the disaster.

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