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South East Asia: Overseas Aid

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance he made available to those countries in south-east Asia affected by the floods there. (156375)

DFID responded to the floods in south Asia and Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. We did not receive requests for assistance from south-east Asian states.

In Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, DFID contributed £650,000:

£500,000 through WFP to provide food, clean water and safeguard people against water borne diseases;

£149,422 to Save the Children for essential healthcare support;

We have also offered support to the UN if required to assist with coordinating the relief effort.

In south Asia DFID contributed over £5 million to help the worst affected countries:

In Bangladesh we contributed £2.1 million through the Chars Livelihood Programme, United Nations Development Programme and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) to provide food, water, emergency shelter and medicines to help more than one million people in the worst-affected districts;

In Pakistan, we contributed £2.2 million through the Pakistani Rural Support Programme Network, the United Nations, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) providing multi-sectoral immediate relief as well as livelihoods assistance;

In India, DFID gave Save the Children £750,000 to provide general relief items, health care and livelihood support, children's education and protection to 13,341 families (including 31,660 children).