Labour Criticise Government’s Response to Flooding in South Asia

Kate Osamor, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, has criticised the Government’s response to the recent flooding in South Asia. The floods have already killed over 1,300 people and have primarily hit Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Nepal.

Osamor said:

“Priti Patel’s response to the floods in South Asia has been slow and insufficient. It has now been more than two weeks since the floods struck and Priti Patel’s announcement last Friday that the UK will contribute just £400,000 of new funding in Nepal, from an annual aid budget of over £13 billion is not good enough.

Priti Patel must now urgently come before Parliament this week and make a statement that keeps the world’s eyes on South Asia and shows that this government is serious about tackling the unfolding catastrophe”.

Priti Patel, the Secretary of State for International Development, had said:

“The devastating flooding in South Asia is truly heart-breaking. Entire communities have lost their homes, their livelihoods and their loved ones. The UK has stepped up to support the region, our pre-positioned relief supplies ensured thousands of people received immediate support and we continue to provide assistance to vulnerable people who have lost everything”.