Peshawar: The United Nations food agency
on Wednesday said an estimated 2.6 million people affected by the
floods in northwest Pakistan urgently need food.
The World Food Programme said its findings were based
on a rapid food assessment in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province,
which has borne the brunt of Pakistan`s worst floods in eight
The WFP resumed helicopter operations to deliver food
supplies to the Swat valley on Monday after weather conditions
Bad weather had prevented helicopter deliveries since
Friday to areas where about 600,000 people have been cut off
Despite the adverse weather, WFP reached nearly
370,000 people with food supplies for a month by Tuesday
Officials said relief operations were being hampered
as nine rivers in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were in high flood while
the rest were in middle and low flood position.
The Kabul, Adezai and Indus rivers were in very high
flood at Nowshera, Adezai Bridge and Attock Khairabad.
Floods have devastated vast swathes of the country,
with thousands of people fleeing their homes as the swollen
Indus river caused fresh flooding in the southern Sindh
The Indus, which caused widespread devastation in
central Punjab province, flooded vast tracts of lands in
Larkana, Dadu and Naushero Feroze areas of Sindh province.
The UN, which announced plans to seek 460 million
dollars for an emergency response plan to help the Pakistan
government, warned that there could be a second wave of deaths
if relief is not expeditiously extended to the more than 14
million victims of the floods.
UN spokesman Maurizio Giuliano said the death toll so
far was less than 2,000 but there was a "serious risk" of more
people losing their lives if they did not get access to food,
shelter and healthcare.
Nearly 1,700 people have died so far in Pakistan`s
worst floods in 80 year and a majority of deaths were reported
from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, many parts of which continued to be
cut off today.