Pak­istan flood­ing worst dev­as­ta­tion in decade

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SUKKUR: An in­ter­na­tional aid or­ga­ni­za­tion has called the flood­ing in Pak­istan as the worst calamity in decade. Since the ini­tial UN ap­peal most prob­a­bly un­der­es­ti­mate the needs, the UN in­tends to re­vise the ap­peal af­ter a month and the UN sec­re­tary gen­eral will is­sue fresh aid ap­peal.

Talk­ing to French news agency a UN aid spokesman said in Sukkur that The amount of peo­ple af­fected by the floods that hit Pak­istan in late June con­tin­ues to rise, with an es­ti­mated 17.3 mil­lion peo­ple be­ing cur­rently sig­nif­i­cantly af­fected, a UN of­fi­cial said.

The world body said that mil­lions of dol­lars are needed to meet food and other needs of the flood af­fected peo­ple.

Aid agen­cies are wor­ried about the grow­ing dan­ger of mal­nu­tri­tion and wa­ter-borne dis­ease, with chil­dren es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble. Ox­fam warned Sun­day that re­con­struc­tion ef­forts must be­gin im­me­di­ately to pre­vent the dis­as­ter from be­com­ing a long-term catas­tro­phe. The Bri­tish-based in­ter­na­tional char­ity said bil­lions of dol­lars would be needed to start re­build­ing schools, roads, bridges and hos­pi­tals im­me­di­ately, adding that the aid ef­fort was strug­gling to re­spond.

"Pak­istan doesn't have the l ux­ury of wait­ing for t he emer­gency phase to be over be­fore start­ing the re­con­struc­tion."

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