Floods have affected nearly five mn in Pakistan: UN

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 13:59

United Nations: Nearly five million people have been affected by floods in southern Pakistan, a UN spokesperson said here Tuesday.

Speaking during a routine briefing, Martin Nesirky was telling reporters about the flood affected population here, citing estimates from the Pakistani government, Xinhua reported.

"UN agencies and non-governmental organisations are delivering assistance in support of government-led relief efforts," Nesirky said.

In early September, flash floods affected Pakistan`s Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan provinces, displacing 270,000 people.

"While thousands of food packages and other supplies have been distributed, people`s lives are still in jeopardy in flood- affected areas of the country," Nesirky quoted the UN humanitarian coordinator in Pakistan as saying.

"We must not allow the flood crisis to become a forgotten emergency," said the spokesperson.

The Central Emergency Response Fund, a division of the UN office of Humanitarian Affairs, has allocated $10 million as assistance in the form of food, water, healthcare and shelter for families affected by the flooding.

IANS



First Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 13:59
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