The scale of the Pakistan floods was unprecedented. Ten years' worth of rain fell in little over a week in late July 2010, affecting 20 million people.
The floods killed nearly two thousand people and destroyed 10,000 schools, two million homes, and hundreds of bridges, roads, electricity pylons.
The UK provided shelter for 1.3 million people, basic health care for 2.3 million and safe drinking water for millions more in the immediate aftermath.
Further UK funding is making sure that 200,000 children will get back into the classroom after 10,000 schools were destroyed or damaged.
Special wheat seed packages, tools for farmers and skills training for rural communities are also helping to reduce dependency on long-term aid.
In total, the British government has committed £134 million in ongoing help for the people affected by the Pakistan floods.
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Six months since the devastating floods first hit, people in the UK can be proud that we’re making a difference to the lives of millions of people affected by the floods in Pakistan.
However, Pakistan still has a long way to go to recover; some areas of Sindh are still under water and hundreds of thousands of people are still living in temporary camps. Reconstructing the millions of homes, bridges, and schools that were destroyed will take years.
That’s why we are continuing to help millions of people in Pakistan to rebuild their lives, providing health care for more than two million people to try to avoid a crisis like the one in Haiti, and helping to get hundreds of thousands of children back in to education.
Andrew Mitchell, UK International Development Secretary
The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.
We are working to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), international targets agreed by the United Nations (UN) to halve world poverty by 2015.
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