UK gives Rs 8 Crore more for Bihar flood victims

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New Delhi, Sep 18 (UNI) The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has provided UNICEF with Rs eight crore (1 million pounds in support of relief activities for millions of victims of Bihar flood.

This is in addition to an initial contribution of Rs 1.2 crore (150,000 pounds) made a fortnight ago.

The funding will be used to provide 125,000 displaced people with nutrition, clean water and sanitation, health services and shelter in the Bihar region of India.

DFID has given the money through an existing UNICEF Trust Fund for immediate assistance to people displaced by the Kosi floods.

UNICEF is working on emergency health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and child protection.

Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander, said here that "In changing course, the Kosi River has caused a trail of destruction across India and Nepal that has affected millions of people. These people could be stranded for several months in difficult conditions. This extra contribution of eight crores will help UNICEF to deliver the food, shelter and sanitation so urgently needed." UNI NAZ JT KN1854

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