UK doubles flood aid to Pakistan

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said the aid would help get children back into education, after thousands of schools were reportedly destroyed in the floods.

Mitchell said: "Aid so far has focused on keeping people alive. We need to continue to focus hard on the public health dangers, which remain extremely serious. But we also now need to start helping people to get back on their feet".

"With four out of five people affected by the floods dependent on farming, it is vital that we replace lost seeds, grains, and tools before the critical planting season next month and in November," Mitchell added.

The amount of UK aid now totals 134 million pounds and this latest donation comes as the UN appealed for 1.3 billion pounds to help with the relief effort.

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