ISLAMABAD    -   The US based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced $ 7.5 million in humanitarian aid to flood-affected populations in Sindh and Baloch­istan in Pakistan.

The foundation disclosed this in a letter writ­ten to Pakistan’s Ambassador to Washington Masood Khan. The letter was written by the Bill and Melinda Gates Global Development Founda­tion president , Christopher Elias, announcing that the Foundation’s polio programme will also support 1,200 health camps run by Aga Khan Uni­versity in the most flood-hit districts.

The letter said the foundation, in addition, would increase support for three maternity hospitals fac­ing the increased burden of displaced women to expand obstetric care and intrapartum services.

In his letter Elias informed the ambassador that the Foundation has an active grant of $ 4 mil­lion for the poor who receive food subsidies and emergency funds in flooded areas across Pakistan.

Elias expressed his deepest sympathy for the loss due to the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan.