UN need $79m for Pakistani flood victims
The United Nations (UN) needs $79 million from donors urgently to save millions of Pakistanis affected by monsoon floods, said a UN statement.
Pakistan has suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010 when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.
This year monsoon floods have killed 480 people and affected more than five million. "There is a funding shortage as is most often the case in protracted crisis, $79 million dollars are urgently required to meet immediate needs," Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg said in the statement.
Winter is coming, making the need even more urgent, she added. "Hundreds of thousands are still in need of food and shelter - and over one million people are estimated to still be in need of health care, water and sanitation services and agricultural inputs," Bragg said.
The UN has estimated that a total of $169 million dollars is required including the $79 million for emergency relief, she said. So far it has received only $52 million in pledges.