UN need $79m for Pak­istani flood vic­tims

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IS­LAM­ABAD

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.

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