Harriet Harman

Labour Member of Parliament for Camberwell & Peckham

One Year Anniversary of the Pakistan Floods- 27/-7/2011

On the anniversary of the devastating floods in Pakistan, we remember all who lost their lives last year. We stand by the survivors, and support them as they rebuild their country.

Aid from the UK is making a real difference to their lives. 18 million people were affected by the floods. Thanks to our Aid, many have been able to return to their homes. There are, however, many more who are still displaced. There are reports that in remote rural areas where they are among the most vulnerable members of the community, many women are receiving no aid at all.

It is important we strive to make sure aid gets to those who need it. In flood-affected areas, there are still millions of people without access to healthcare, food and shelter.  And rebuilding must make sure people's homes are less vulnerable to future disasters.

We will not forget those who have been affected by the devastating floods. The record and standing of UK Aid means that others look to us to play a leading role in leading internationally on humanitarian aid. The government must call on our partners in the international community to play their part and support the people of Pakistan.

The role of the Pakistani community here in the UK is vital. They have friends and family who have been directly affected by the floods and many have sent money back to Pakistan. The UK public have sent a remarkable £71m to the DEC Pakistan floods campaign. I pay tribute today to all who have donated.

 

You can read a copy of Islamic Relief's report on the anniversary of the floods in Pakistan at: http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/Flooded_and_Forgotten.aspx

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