24 June 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

We Stand Ready to Help, Pledges Secretary-General, Saddened by India Flood Deaths

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life and the damage to homes and infrastructure in India as a result of the torrential floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand over the last week.  He extends his sincere condolences to the people and Government of India, especially the families of those who have died, been injured or otherwise affected in this disaster.

The Secretary-General welcomes the swift response by the National and State Disaster Management authorities.  The United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to emergency recovery and rebuilding efforts if needed.

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