UNITED NATIONS: As winter approaches the needs of flood survivors are increasing, the United Nations reported Friday, warning that funding for humanitarian assistance in the country remains low, with stocks of some relief items severely depleted.
In Southern Sindh stagnant water remain as a major cause for diseases like malaria and dengue. An outbreak of diarrhoeal illness was reported in a camp in Sanghar district on Thursday, the UN Office told.
Access to clean water is very difficult for these flood-affected areas, told by OCHA.
Althought receding water brought many displaced persons back to their homes and areas, but still there is need of continous relief in these areas due to pure sanitation in the areas where homes and livestocks were lost to floods.
Since the beginning of the latest floods, about 1.8 million people or 50 per cent of those in need have been provided with food, while 700,000 received essential medical services, according to OCHA.
An estimated 375,000 people have emergency shelter and 870,000 of the affected population (35 per cent) received clean water. The rapid response plan launched on 18 September is only 23 per cent funded, with only $80 million of the requested $357 million received so far.
Unless additional resources are made available, UN agencies warn that most relief stocks are likely to run out, according to OCHA.
Pakistan has been severely hit twice by this type of flood in consective year, leaving more than 5million displaced persons in need of clean water, sanitation, shelter, food, and other essential supports.