UN Mulls Revising Aid Appeal for Pakistan

Men in Islamabad form a chain to load boxes of medical supplies from a WHO warehouse onto a truck. The United Nations appeals for more aid to help flood victims in Pakistan. Photo by: Syed Haider / WHO

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said she would seek more funding for flood-ravaged Pakistan.

“[W]e are currently looking at the needs and will revise the appeal,” Amos, who is visiting Pakistan said as quoted by The New York Times.

Some 67 percent of the U.N.’s USD459.7 million appeal for Pakistan has so far been funded, according to a report by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs dated Sept. 9.

“The world’s attention is waning at a time when some of the biggest challenges for the relief effort here are still to come,” Amos said in a report by UN News Service.

She added: “In some parts of Pakistan, a new disaster is happening every few days and millions of people are still waiting for the support they need to survive.”

The World Bank reaffirmed its support for the recovery and reconstruction of Pakistan.

“In addition to making USD1 billion available for flood-related reconstruction and encouraging [the] international community to come to Pakistan’s aid, the bank will continue to support government’s efforts to improve domestic revenue mobilization and to re-prioritize existing public investment program to take account of the floods,” Isabel Guerrero, World Bank vice president for South Asia, said in a press release.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.