Islamic Relief welcomes the House of Commons International Development Committee report on the humanitarian response to the Pakistan floods. Jehangir Malik, Islamic Relief UK director, contributed evidence to the Committee about the humanitarian intervention in Pakistan.
Islamic Relief has received approximately £30 Million pounds for the Pakistani floods disaster and from that amount £24 million has already been spent or allocated to the IR Humanitarian Program in Pakistan on various projects to help rebuild affected villages. When the disaster initially hit, Islamic Relief targeted 60 villages to be rebuilt in KPK, Punjab and Sindh provinces, but since then Islamic Relief has increased this to over 80 villages targeting 450,000 affected people, which indicates the scale of the operation that we are running in the region.
Islamic Relief can proudly say, nearly one year on from the floods, that none of our beneficiaries are living in camps. The number of Islamic Relief beneficiaries is nearly half a million. In partnership with the local population IR has built better earthquake and flood proof homes for people across Pakistan. We have targeted people in isolated areas and provided aid to people that were previously cut-off from the outside world.
Islamic Relief praises the British government’s response in allocation & releasing funds for the disaster. The support of the British people has been vital in Islamic Relief’s aid effort and whose response was one of the fastest in the world.
IR has been responding to disasters & working for the development of Pakistan since 1992. Pakistan remains one of our largest field operations. In addition we run a number of development projects other than disaster relief work such as vocational training and microfinance.