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ITU appeals for global monetary assistance for flood-affected Pakistan

ITU offers assistance in rehabilitation of telecommunication infrastructure

Geneva, 23 August 2010 - ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré has issued a global appeal for contributions to assist the flood-affected victims in Pakistan. ITU’s emergency telecommunications team is also working with the Government of Pakistan towards rehabilitating the telecommunication infrastructure, which has been rendered inoperative in many parts of the country.

The floods ravaging Pakistan are the worst ever in living memory. Over 15 million people have been displaced and vast tracts of fertile agricultural land have been inundated, with many facing the prospect of a continuing battle with water-borne diseases and malnutrition. The livelihoods of several millions have been affected with severe long-term repercussions on the economic and social life of the country.

“The whole world is in deep shock as this tragedy continues to unfold,” Dr Touré said. “ITU stands in utmost solidarity with the people of Pakistan in their hour of need and I join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in urging our stakeholders to respond generously to meet the urgent demand for relief and rehabilitation efforts.”

ITU regularly contributes emergency telecommunications assistance in the wake of humanitarian disasters, such as in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January this year as well as in other parts of the world.

Financial contributions can be made to:

Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund 2010 - National Bank of Pakistan, A/c No. 898989

ITU Fund for Rehabilitation of Telecommunication Infrastructure in Pakistan

Bank Name: UBS SA
Bank Address: Case Postale 2600
CH-1211 Geneva 2
Account Holder: Union Internationale des Télécommunications
Account no: 240-C8108252.2
IBAN: CH54 0024 0240 C810 8252 2



For more information, please contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
tel +41 22 730 5046
mobile +41 79 249 4861
fax +41 22 730 5939
email pressinfo@itu.int
Cosmas Zavazava
Chief of Division
Emergency Telecommunications, ITU
tel + 41 22 730 5447
email cosmas.zavazava@itu.int


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