Flood relief supplies running out for Pak: UN

More than five million people have been affected by a deluge triggered by monsoon rains.

Islamabad: The UN has warned that relief
supplies are running out amidst growing humanitarian needs in
flood-ravaged areas of southern Pakistan, where more than five
million people have been affected by a deluge triggered by
monsoon rains.

"Urgent relief is critical as families continue to suffer
in the aftermath of the floods. Unless we receive new pledges
to the Floods 2011 Rapid Response Plan, millions of people
will be left in need of food, clean water and essential
medicines for months to come," said Timo Pakkala, UN
Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan.

If more funding is not received, the UN and aid agencies
will run out of food stocks in October.

Safe drinking water supplies are sufficient for the
coming weeks and a third of the flood-affected people could be
without medical care in a month`s time. Contingency stocks of
emergency shelter supplies will last only a few more weeks,
the UN said.

The floods washed away entire communities and have left
over five million people struggling to survive without
adequate food, water, healthcare and shelter.

"Without additional resources, lives of the most
vulnerable are endangered," Pakkala said.

The floods have killed 415 people, displaced 1.8 million
and destroyed or damaged over a million homes.

According to the Pakistan government, 2.16 million acres
of crops have been wiped out.

UN agencies estimate that 2.5 million people are in
desperate need of safe drinking water and sanitation.

Food is needed for 2.75 million people, while 2.96
million people are in urgent need of medical care.
At least 1.75 million people require emergency shelter.

Relying on limited contingency stocks, the UN and its
humanitarian partners have provided emergency shelter for
314,500 households so far.

Over 1.6 million people have received medicines and
medical consultations, and more than 413,000 got food aid.

"It is tragic to see families displaced from the floods
with no shelter and barely enough to survive on," said Fawad
Hussein, UNOCHA Team Leader for Flood Relief.

The current emergency has exacerbated existing
vulnerabilities due to last year`s devastating floods that
affected more than 18 million people across Pakistan.

Of 27 affected districts in Sindh and Balochistan
provinces, 13 were also affected during last year`s floods.

Nearly two weeks ago, the UN launched the Pakistan Floods
2011 Rapid Response Plan that seeks to enable the world body
and its humanitarian partners to support the government in
meeting emergency needs of 5.4 million people for six months.

The Plan is currently only six per cent funded, and only
USD 19 million of USD 357 million required has been raised.
Pakkala called on the international community to urgently
step up support for the people of Pakistan.

PTI

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