Britain pledges aid for Pakistan flooding

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Britain pledged five million pounds (six million euros, eight million dollars) Monday to help the victims of flooding in Pakistan which has killed up to 1,500 people and affected millions.

The cash, which will be channelled through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), will be spent on efforts to help provide safe drinking water, toilets, sewage clearance and other measures.

It was announced by the Department for International Development, which said that Britain had already given another five million pounds to an emergency response fund for Pakistan in April.

"I know many British people are deeply concerned by the terrible suffering caused by the ongoing monsoon floods in Pakistan," International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said.

"The government of Pakistan is leading the relief efforts and the UK is ready to help in any way we can."

Floods and landslides triggered by exceptionally heavy rain have swept away thousands of homes and ruined farmland in northwest Pakistan.

© 2010 AFP

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