France sends 1.05 million euros for Pakistan flood relief
France will raise its humanitarian aid to assist some 15 million people affected by monsoon floods in Pakistan to 1.05 million euros, the foreign ministry said Saturday.
At the request of Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, 550,000 euros (730,000 dollars) will go to relief groups working on the ground and 350,000 euros will be provided as food aid through the UN's World Food Programme, said spokeswoman Christine Fages.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will receive 150,000 euros for its work in the country.
Fages said the foreign ministry would also send water-purifying equipment to Pakistan.
Humanitarian aid was a key item on the agenda of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to Paris Monday and Tuesday when he met with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy and Kouchner.
The French foreign ministry said Friday that France would give 300,000 euros to three organisations working to provide relief for the victims of Pakistan's floods.
The donation would be shared by the French Red Cross, Handicap International and Secours Islamique.
© 2010 AFP