A United Nations aid worker appealed for greater international support for relief efforts in Pakistan as he warned of inadequate humanitarian supplies because of funding shortage.
Martin Mogwanja, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Pakistan, said only 20 percent was at hand of an estimated USD500 million for the Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan, which aims to provide food and medicine to villagers displaced by fighting in the country’s North West Frontier Province.
Mogwanja noted that even humanitarian organizations in Pakistan were suffering from budget constraints, prompting them to lay off staff.
“The funding response is not what we expected. Last year, at this time, the Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan was 40 percent funded, double of what it is now,” he said.