UN Seeks USD460M in Flood Aid for Pakistan

Washed out roads and bridges make it difficult for aid to reach many flood survivors in Pakistan. Photo by: R. Ali / UNHCR

The United Nations is appealing for USD459.7 million to address humanitarian needs in Pakistan, where an estimated 14 million people have been affected by fatal monsoon floods.

“We have a huge task in front of us to deliver all that is required as soon as possible,” said John Holmes, U.N. emergency relief coordinator, at the launch of the humanitarian response plan at the global agency’s New York headquarters.

Of the sum, USD105 million will be used to provide tents or plastic sheeting to build emergency shelters for an initial target of more than 2 million people. The provision of food aid to flood survivors will cost USD150 million, while USD5.7 million is needed to protect livestock.

To supply potable water in communities affected by the flooding, USD110 million will be needed. Some USD56 million, meanwhile, is required to bring urgent health care to 14 million Pakistani flood victims, and USD14 million to ensure proper nutrition for children under 5 and pregnant or lactating women.

Donors have so far committed or contributed USD47 million for Pakistan, and a further USD99.5 million pledged.

In response to the U.N.’s aid appeal for Pakistan, the U.K. Department for International Development is sending four more plane loads of aid including tents, shelter kits, water containers and blankets to Pakistan. The British government will also provide high-energy food supplements and emergency health care for malnourished children and pregnant women. The U.K. has now earmarked some 31.3 million pounds (USD49 million) for relief and recovery efforts in the Islamic nation.

The Australian Defense Force has also begun airlifting emergency relief worth 1 million Australian dollars (USD895,528) including tents, tarpaulins, plastic sheeting and water purification equipment to assist some 100,000 Pakistani households still reeling from the monsoon flooding, AAP reports.

The U.N. funding plea for Pakistan will cover an emergency relief period of up to 90 days, according to The Associated Press through The New York Times.

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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.