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Flood damage hampering Pakistan relief efforts: UN

The United Nations said today that aid workers are having difficulties accessing Pakistan`s flood-hit zones, as key bridges and roads have been destroyed or washed away by monsoon rains.



Geneva: The United Nations said today that
aid workers are having difficulties accessing Pakistan`s
flood-hit zones, as key bridges and roads have been destroyed
or washed away by monsoon rains.

The "main issue is accessibility to the area due to
destruction of roads and bridges," said a team of five UN
officials who travelled to assess the situation in the
northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa yesterday.

The group led by the UN`s Humanitarian Coordinator Martin
Magwanja had to fly in through helicopter to Nowshera and
Charsadda as there was "no road accessibility to the
districts."

They also had to drop a planned visit to Swat and Shangla
districts as weather conditions there were too adverse.
In Charsadda where roads were closed over the weekend,
the UN team found that the eight health facilities onsite have
all been damaged.

It was therefore seeking tents to house these facilities,
which urgently needed medicines as stocks have been destroyed
by the floods.

Diarrhoea treatment kits were among items required as
cases rise due to the contaminated water.
Needs were similar in Nowshera where hospitals have been
destroyed.

Access to the district`s Jalozai camp with a population
of over 100,000 displaced people was also cut off for three
days after a main bridge linking the camp was destroyed.

An estimated 1.5 million people have been affected by
Pakistan`s worst floods in 80 years brought on by monsoon
rains, which killed more than 1,200 people across the
northwest.

PTI

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