Australia announces $2 million in immediate aid as death toll from Pakistan floods crosses 1,100

02:49 PM | 30 Aug, 2022
Australia announces $2 million in immediate aid as death toll from Pakistan floods crosses 1,100
Source: @uaeembassyisb (Twitter)

ISLAMABAD – Australia has announced to extend $2mn in aid to Pakistan for flood victims as tens of thousands of people were displaced after record downpour triggered the worst deluge in the South Asian country.

Australian Foreign Minister Senator Penny Wong said that Canberra would provide $2 million to flood-ravaged country in urgent humanitarian assistance. Immediate humanitarian aid will be provided to help rescue those affected by the natural disaster, the statement said.

The Australian minister also extends deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and communities that have lost loved ones.

Australia’s support would be delivered through the World Food Programme to assist the Pakistan Government and its people to respond to immediate humanitarian needs, particularly those disproportionately affected by the floods, including women, children, and the vulnerable, the statement said.

Aid from abroad is starting to arrive as PM Sharif launched an appeal for help. China, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, US, UK, and other nations announced aid including tents, food and other necessities.

At least 1,136 people have been killed since June and roads, crops, homes and bridges washed away across Pakistan, while Sindh, Balochistan, and KP remained the worst hit areas.

At least 33 million people have been impacted by the floods, which have submerged one-third of the country. More than 1,000 people have died.

Earlier, the climate change minister termed the flooding, caused by an intense monsoon season, a climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.

The monstrous monsoon is comparable to the devastating floods of 2010 - the deadliest in the country’s history - which left more than 2,000 people dead.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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