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US leads the way as UN appeals for Pakistan aid


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US leads the way as UN appeals for Pakistan aid

The United States has pledged to boost its financial aid to flood-stricken Pakistan by the equivalent of 50 million euros.

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the announcement at a special meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York where Ban Ki-moon described the crisis as a “slow motion tsunami”.

“Together let us stand with the people of Pakistan. Let us act so that this natural disaster does not become a man made catastrophe.”

In all America is putting more than 150 million dollars into the relief fund pot, that’s 120 million euros.

Two thirds of that amount will be funnelled directly into the UN relief plan.

The funds will be used to provide critical supplies and support operations of the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority.

The US also promised to provide technical assistance to mobilise military and civilian resources aimed at delivering supplies and rescuing victims.

Large parts of the country remain submerged after weeks of heavy reain.

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