Volunteers ready to help flood-hit Pakistan
Published 05/08/2010 | 12:22
Specialist volunteers are ready to be deployed to Pakistan to help victims of the devastating floods rebuild their lives, it was revealed today.
Junior Minister Peter Power revealed that members of the Irish Rapid Response Corps are on stand-by to take the lead in areas such as logistics, engineering and public health.
Mr Power, Minister of State for Overseas Development, raised concern for victims and sympathised with those who have lost family and friends in the disaster.
"Recent flooding in Pakistan has destroyed tens of thousands of homes and impacted the lives of almost three million people," said Mr Power.
"Our thoughts go out to those who have lost loved ones in the flooding as well as to the people who have to face the aftermath of such devastation."
"Through our support for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund and through pre-positioned funds with Trocaire, Ireland is already responding to the needs of affected people.
"I have also placed our Rapid Response Corps on stand-by in case they are needed."
Irish Aid has also pre-positioned emergency supplies such as tents, blankets and water and sanitation equipment in depots around the globe which can be called upon.