Funds from the United Nations aid appeal for Pakistan are slowly drying up even as water-related diseases continue to spread and large areas remain submerged under water three months after the onslaught of massive floods in the Asian country, an aid organization has warned.
“The UN emergency appeal is less than 40 per cent funded. Many of the world’s richest countries are failing the flood victims, who are amongst the poorest and most vulnerable in the world,” Neva Khan, Oxfam GB’s country director for Pakistan, said in a news release.
Oxfam GB added that 7 million people remain without adequate shelter as the winter season approaches.
U.N. agencies, particularly the World Health Organization and World Food Program, have warned that they will be forced to cut down on staff and reduce ongoing programs unless they receive new funding.
“The World Food Programme (WFP) faces a $70 million shortfall and will have to start cutting food rations from November. Funding for programmes next year remains uncertain,” Oxfam noted.
The Australian Agency for International Development, meanwhile, announced that the majority of its medical workers will be returning home soon but assured that some relief workers will remain to continue assisting in the flood relief efforts.
AusAID team leader Thanh Lee shared Oxfam GB’s observation that the crisis in Pakistan is far from over.
“[In the] southern part of Pakistan there’s still flooding, so there are people who are still in the relief phase,” he said, according to ABC News. “There’s winter happening up in the northern part where people now have no shelter, so it’s going to be cold for them.”