UN raises Pak flood aid appeal to $816m

The Nation  |  Oct 04, 2022

 UN raises Pak flood aid appeal to $816m
GENEVA   -   Sensing the gravity of the situation of flood losses in Pakistan, the United Nations has re­vised up its humanitar­ian appeal for the coun­try from $160 million to $816 million as it seeks to control a surge in wa­ter-borne diseases.

“We are now entering a second wave of death and destruction,” Julien Harneis, UN Humani­tarian Coordinator for Pakistan, said at a Ge­neva briefing here yes­terday. He cautioned that there will be an in­crease in child morbid­ity and it will be pret­ty terrible unless we act rapidly to support the government of Pakistan in increasing the provi­sion of health, nutrition, and water and sanita­tion services across the affected areas.

Nearly 1,700 people have been killed in the floods caused by heavy mon­soon rains and melting gla­ciers in a crisis that the gov­ernment and the UN have blamed on climate change. Meanwhile, a press release issued by the Ministry of For­eign Affairs today said that an up-scaled flash appeal would be jointly launched by the Government of Pa­kistan and UN on October 4 in Geneva. The statement reads that UN Under-Sec­retary-General for Humani­tarian Affairs and Emergen­cy Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and Director Gen­eral World Health Organi­zation Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will represent the UN, along with Resident Coordinator in Pakistan Ju­lien Harneis. The meeting will be attended by UN Mem­ber States as well as various UN agencies and humanitar­ian organizations working in the area of disaster relief.

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