Friday, April 19, 2024

From Tilbury To Pakistan: Not A Bridge Too Soon

NEXT WEEK, ten prefabricated 30-metre road bridges will leave Tilbury docks headed to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa district of Pakistan as part of the flood relief effort.

One of the main consequences of the floods has been that hundreds of bridges have been swept away.

The bridges come after the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has vowed that Britain will “stand by Pakistan in its hour of need” as he praised the public’s generosity in raising funds for the flood relief effort.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the UK had “led the way” as donations raised by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal reached £33 million.

The Government has also pledged more than £60 million to help cope with the humanitarian disaster.

The additional money pledged last week will be targeted mainly at the Punjab and Sindh provinces in the south of the country and will be spent alongside the money raised by the DEC appeal.

As well as addressing the urgent need for shelter, food, clean water and healthcare, the support will increasingly go to longer-term help for people to rebuild their lives, such as supplying farmers with new seed for crops.


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