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Flood survivors face food shortages

08-10-2010 08:22 BJT

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Rising flood waters continued to force Pakistani residents from their homes. An estimated 4 million people are desperately in need of food in the country's worst-ever flooding.

Nearly 12-hundred people have been killed in the Pakistani floods. Millions of others are in great need for help.

Rescue and relief efforts have been hampered by the wild weather following the floods. All the helicopters in the area haven't been able to get off the ground due to the poor weather.

The international community has already donated tens of millions of US dollars and provided relief supplies.

But many flood victims say they have not received aid quickly enough or at all.

A flood victim said, "A lot of money arrived from abroad and American dollars but this government is not giving us anything."

The destruction of vast stretches of crops means the price of fruit and vegetables is now skyrocketing.

The prices threaten to amplify misery in a country where many residents were already struggling with poverty and food insecurity before the floods struck.

The World Food Programme says at least 4 million people need food assistance across Pakistan for the next three months at a cost of nearly 100 million US dollars.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source:

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