UN to launch fresh appeal for Pakistan flood victims

Pakistan Sep, 30 2022
UN to launch fresh appeal for Pakistan flood victims
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ISLAMABAD: United Nations will launch a fresh appeal next week for Pakistan flood victims, saying its initial $ 160 million appeal was insufficient to meet country’s needs. Devastating floods engulfed large swathes of Pakistan this month, killing more than 1,600 people and devastating country’s infrastructure to cause damages estimated nearly at $ 30 billion.

Julien Frederic Morcom-Harneis United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan said that situation in flood-affected areas is worrying where waterborne diseases and skin infections are increasing. “Children are facing hunger. Clean drinking water is not available besides health and food problems in these areas.” Julien Harneis said that UN appeal of $ 160 million appeal was insufficient and world body will launch a new one on October 4 in Geneva which will be for next six months.

“We will appeal for life-saving drugs along with our partners. Reconstruction and rehabilitation phase will come later.” He urged World Bank, Asian Development Bank and international organisations to come forward and help in rehabilitation work. UN official said that they are working with Sindh and Balochistan lawmakers in flood-ravaged areas.

Published in The Daily National Courier, October, 01 2022

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