Dutch expert flood response team to assist Punjab
The Punjab region of Pakistan has requested the Dutch government to send water experts to identify ways of preventing structural flooding.
Dutch water expertise in Pakistan
The region suffers from seasonal floods nearly every year and, in 2010, led to widespread destruction, leaving 20 million people reliant on emergency aid. The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, LiliannePloumen, has resolved to despatch the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR Team) commenting: “With the right expertise and investments we can prevent these kinds of human and economic disasters.’’ The DRR Team comprises a pool of 150 experts, representing businesses, knowledge institutions, NGOs and public bodies in the Dutch water sector, and provides rapid response to floods, drought and water pollution issues around the world. The team focuses on reconstruction and prevention rather than emergency aid. Dutch embassies started bringing the team to the notice of foreign governments six months ago, and there has been a great deal of interest. In addition to Pakistan, arrangements have already been made for the team to assist flood-stricken areas in Mexico, China, Burma, the Philippines, and Senegal.