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Oxfam a British relief charity to probe irregularities in emergency relief money which has disappeared in Pakistan

Oxfam to probe Pakistan flood funds 'irregularities'
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An investigation into "financial irregularities" in Oxfam flood relief programme in Pakistan has been launched by the charity.

An independent external audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers is under way after the problem was discovered in the southern province of Sindh.

A spokesman said they would make every effort to recover any missing money.

More than 1,750 people are thought to have been killed by the floods which began in July 2010.

The charity is currently providing humanitarian aid to more than 1.95 million people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh.

It has provided clean water, sanitation and temporary shelter kits.

Oxfam emphasised that, even if the financial irregularities were confirmed, it would represent less than 2% of their total emergency flood response spending in Pakistan.

'Rigorous controls'

In a statement it said: "Oxfam is committed to upholding the strictest and most rigorous financial controls and ensuring its programme is being delivered in a transparent and accountable manner.

"Oxfam's own internal monitoring and auditing system identified the financial irregularity currently being investigated.

"Oxfam's priority is to ensure that donors' money is spent effectively and that it provides the support expected and committed to poor people in Pakistan.

"We are conducting this investigation to allow us to continue to be accountable to the communities that we work with, and ensure improved service delivery in the future."

It added: "Oxfam will not be making any further financial commitments until the investigation has been completed."

Although the death toll from last summer's deluge was relatively low, between 14 and 20 million people were affected.

The floods started in the mountainous north and surged south, destroying 1.2 million homes and damaging about 14% of Pakistan's land under cultivation

Added: Jun-5-2011 Occurred On: Jun-5-2011
By: anglosaxonwarlord
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  • Pakistan doesn't need relief. It's already doing a splendid job.

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  • When, in 1998, we had that "verglas", aka ice rain disaster in Qc ,we did not cry for help...( well maybe a bit but only from CND government). This year, when the Richelieu region was struck by massive flood, we did not either. Yes we are a "rich" nation and should not have to ask for fund from other Japan did not organize telethons for their tsunami/earthquake/nuclear disaster. Why would pakistan ask for international help when it is spending billions of doll More..

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  • I'm sorry to say, I never give to those types of charities. I only give to those where I can see results. Mostly local initiatives and hospital appeals get my hard earned. The rest of the world nowadays should be able to stand on their own. I can not for the life of me, understand why the british govt hands out the overseas aid it does either, I think even when times are hard at home the govt are increasing its aid to pakistan and countries like it.

    It's sickening to think that British aid mon More..

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  • Why do we give these fucking PACKWAAAS money in the first place ?? Charity begins at home mother fuckers !!!

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