UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Germany said on Wednesday that it will increase its humanitarian aid to flood-ravaged Pakistan to a total of 13 million U.S. dollars for the distribution of food and other items to more than 6 million people in direct need of assistance.
The statement came in a press release from the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations on the occasion of Wednesday's launch of the "Pakistan Initial Floods Emergency Response Plan" by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The German ambassador to the UN, Miguel Berger, said that the aid will be primarily allocated to water, sanitation and hygiene measures -- top priorities of the emergency response plan as more than 14 million people are estimated to be affected by the catastrophe.
The additional 13 million U.S. dollars comes in addition to Germany's contributions to the European Union's 53 billion U.S. dollars in assistance and to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.
Expressing his condolences to the people of Pakistan, Berger underlined Germany's commitment to do its utmost to alleviate suffering in the country.
Germany's action comes immediately after UN humanitarian chief John Holmes issued a 460-million-U.S.-dollar appeal on Wednesday for disaster relief efforts in Pakistan.