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UN appeals for Pakistan aid

08-12-2010 08:53 BJT

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The UN is appealing for almost 460-million US dollars in emergency aid for Pakistan. Large areas of the country are suffering through devastating floods.

The UN says the aid would cover a 90-day period of immediate relief. However, it would be revised within a month as the situation develops and more information comes in.

John Holmes, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said, "It is clear this disaster is one of the most challenging any country has faced in recent years. That is why the international humanitarian community has been asked to support the response by covering gaps where the needs inevitably exceed the government's response capacity. And to help prepare the initial floods emergency response plan we are launching today."

According to UN figures, more than 14 million people have been affected by the floods. More than 12-hundred have died and nearly 300-thousand homes have been damaged or destroyed.

Holmes says 6 million people are in need of aid. About a third of the requested aid would go to food, with other priority areas being clean drinking water, tents and medical supplies.

Before the appeal, the UN received promises or commitments of more than 150-million US dollars to tackle the effects of the flooding.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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