- CNTV English - CCTV News

Relief aid entering Pakistan

08-04-2010 09:37 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

The country is in dire need of aid, as the nation deals with its worst flood in decades. In an effort to help, UN agencies and humanitarian partners, are sending relief to the region.

It is the worst flood to hit the region in more than 80 years.

The disaster has already killed up to 1,500 people while rescue workers are struggling to deliver aid to 3.2 million others affected by the floods.

The Pakistani government dispatched medical teams to the deluged northwest amid fears cholera could spread after the worst floods in a generation.

Speaking in Geneva, a World Health Organization official says the UN body has sufficient resources to deal with the disaster. He also says there have been no reports of a cholera outbreak.

Dr. Daniel Lopez-Acuna, Health Action Crisis, said, "As of now, no cholera has been detected in the affected areas. There is of course isolated reports of waterborne diseases, as it normally happens in these type of flood situations. The WHO is taking measures in combination with other partners of the health cluster and with national authorities of health."

Thousands could be seen on the road Tuesday as they tried to flee the area.

However, like all flooded areas, the evacuation was complicated by destroyed bridges and roads.

Rain is forecast for the next few days in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and also in Punjab. Rain would make things more difficult for local people.

Mohammad Aleem Ul Hassan, Dep. Dir. Pakistan Metrological Department, said, "Current rainy spells will enhance the effects of floods on the crops because the soil is already saturated with the flood water and further rain will enhance the damages of buildings, crops, as well as infrastructure."

Hundreds of homeless people jostled with police to get food aid.

United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners in the region are providing emergency aid, prioritizing those in the worst affected areas.

The World Food Program provided more than 40 thousand people with life-saving rations. The program aims to reach 250 thousand this week.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program