ISLAMABAD    -    The Economic Coordina­tion Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has approved funds Rs 10 billion to National Di­saster Management Authori­ty (NDMA) with direction to the Finance Division to imme­diately release Rs 5 billion to NDMA. Federal Minister for Fi­nance and Revenue Miftah Is­mail virtually presided over the meeting of the ECC. Na­tional Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) present­ed a summary for allocation of funds for procurement and lo­gistics of relief items for flood affectees and apprised on the devastation caused by the re­cent floods in Pakistan. In or­der to provide immediate re­lief to flood affectees, NDMA started procurement on emer­gency basis costing Rs 2.4 bil­lion. Due to colossal damages, the already procured items are not sufficient viz-a-viz relief requirement in the flood af­fected areas. Therefore, NDMA placed orders for procurement of more items at cumulative cost of Rs 7.11 billion, which are being procured in emer­gency to minimize loss of lives, property, livestock, etc. Previ­ously, NDMA was allocated Rs 8 billion for procurement and logistics cost of relief items to the flood affectees.