Pakistan flooding worst devastation in decade
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."