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Saturday August 14, 2010 03:54:56 PM, Agencies
Flood-affected families head to safe areas in Muzaffargarh near Multan, Pakistan, on Friday
(Photo: Associated Press)
The United Nations has launched an appeal for $459m to help the victims of devastating floods that have affected more than 14 million people across »
New Delhi: The Central Government has offered assistance of five million US dollars for provision of relief material from India for the victims of the massive floods that have adversely affected Pakistan, causing widespread damage to life and property.
After writing to his Pakistani counterpart last week condoling deaths in the floods, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Friday called up Shah Mahmood Qureshi and offered aid of five million US dollars in ''this hour of need''.
"Krishna telephoned Qureshi and expressed solidarity with the people of Pakistan in handling the devastation caused by the floods - the worst in more than eight decades, claiming over 1,700 lives and affecting 14 million people," a Ministry of External Affairs release said.
The External Affairs Minister, on behalf of the people and Government of India, also conveyed deepest sympathies and condolences to the people and Government of Pakistan, on this natural disaster.
The telephonic conversation was the first direct engagement between the two ministers after their meeting in Islamabad on July 15 which ended on an acrimonious note. Since then, the only engagement between the two countries has been through condolence messages; Pakistan on a train accident in India and New Delhi on the floods and the air crash in Islamabad.
The Indian offer for assistance to Pakistan in this hour of trial comes two days after the United Nations issued an appeal for $460 million as emergency aid for the flood-affected millions across the length and breadth of the country.
According to UN figures, more than 1,600 have died and nearly 300,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed in one of the worst floods in Pakistan in recent years.
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