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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