UK aid agencies raised 71m in their Pakistan floods appeal last year, the third highest amount raised for a humanitarian disaster, The Guardian quoted the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), the umbrella organisation of British humanitarian groups. The DEC itself raised 41m and member agencies raised 30m, an appeal only surpassed by amounts raised for the 2004 tsunami and 2010 Haiti earthquake. Figures for Pakistan were released as the DEC published a report by the ThinkAhead International Development consultancy, which assessed the DEC's response to the floods. The report found that DEC agencies initially struggled to meet the most urgent needs of the worst affected survivors as they began returning in vast numbers from temporary camps to their ruined villages within weeks of being displaced. "All disasters are a tragedy for those caught up in them, but the Pakistan floods were exceptional because of the vast number of people affected," said the DEC chief executive, Brendan Gormley. "The response to our appeal was extremely generous and the UK public can be proud of their aid effort has already provided support to 1.8m people."