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Pakistan flooding

Julia Gillard posted Wednesday, 11 August 2010

I want to express the support of the Australian people for the people of Pakistan in the face of the terrible floods they are enduring. Many Australians are deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian crisis as the rains continue. Entire communities are clearly in distress and struggling to cope with the level of damage and destruction.

Australia is continuing to provide assistance to Pakistan. In addition to the $10 million assistance package already announced, we will send two Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft this week to deliver emergency supplies to the region.

The two aircraft will carry relief supplies to the people of Pakistan including tents, tarpaulins and plastic sheeting, and water purification equipment to provide immediate assistance to more than 10,000 families. They will also carry other essentials such as generators, birthing kits and water containers.

The $10 million assistance package has been directed to the people of Pakistan through the United Nations managed Pakistan Emergency Response Fund, the World Food Programme, the Red Cross Movement and Australian non-government organisations including ActionAID, Care Australia, Oxfam Australia, Save the Children and World Vision.

The unfolding disaster in Pakistan requires a global response. The Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority has estimated that 12 million people are affected by the floods and that this number could rise to 15 million.

Along with our emergency response, Australia is committed to helping Pakistan with recovery and rebuilding. We will continue to coordinate with the Pakistan Government, other donors, the multilateral development banks and key UN partners in assessing the situation and future needs. As Pakistan’s needs become clearer, Australia will consider what further assistance to provide.

The Minister for Defence, Senator Faulkner, has sought and received the agreement of his Opposition counterpart Senator Johnston on the commitment of Australian Defence Force assets to the relief efforts in Pakistan.

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