FAO Makes Urgent Aid Appeal for Flood-stricken Pakistani Farmers

The Food and Agriculture Organization has appealed for $18.9 million worth of flood relief for millions of farmers affected by the floods in Pakistan, which aid groups said are worse than what happened last year.

The appeal would be used to provide agriculture assistance and livestock support packages to some 300,000 farming-dependent households in Balochistan and Sindh, two of the worst-hit provinces, FAO said.

The FAO representative in Pakistan, Kevin Gallagher, urged donors to respond urgently to the aid appeal to prevent further livelihood losses and problems from the flood.

“Delayed assistance will lead to heightened food insecurity, increased public health threats, loss of land tenure agreements due to farmers’ inability to pay their debts, population displacement and longer-term dependence on food aid,” Gallagher said.

Meanwhile, aid agencies continue to solicit and deliver assistance to flood victims across the country.

The International Organization for Migration said it is working with the Pakistani navy force to distribute relief and shelter kits to families stranded in the Tando Bago area of the Badin district in Sindh.

Meanwhile, the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency and other Turkish aid groups are distributing aid packages of tents, hygiene supplies and food aid to families in the worst-hit districts of Sindh, the Associated Press of Pakistan reports.

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