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EU Boosts Aid For Pakistan's Flood Victims


A displaced Pakistani child sleeps in a hammock as her mother, accompanied by another child, cleans items after fleeing their flood-hit homes in September 2011.

A displaced Pakistani child sleeps in a hammock as her mother, accompanied by another child, cleans items after fleeing their flood-hit homes in September 2011.

The European Union has announced a further 20 million euros ($26.5 million) in aid to victims of Pakistan's 2011 monsoon floods, as well as to people displaced by conflict, bringing funding this year to 55 million euros.

EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Kristalina Georgieva said that the world "must not forget that millions of people are still struggling to recover, especially in the province of Sindh."

Floods in Pakistan in 2010 and last summer affected 5.8 million people, with floodwaters killing livestock and destroying crops, homes, and infrastructure as the nation struggled to recover from record floods the previous year.

In Sindh province, three out of four households have insufficient food.

The EU is Pakistan's largest trading partner, receiving almost 30 percent of its exports -- worth almost $4 billion.

Based on reporting by AFP and RFE/RL
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