Pakistan flooding worst devastation in decade

Pakistan flooding worst devastation in decade

Sukkur : Pakistan | Aug 29, 2010 at 2:10 AM PDT
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Pakistan Fresh Flooding Forces 150000 People To Evacuate In The South

An international aid organization has called the flooding in Pakistan as the worst calamity in decade. Since the initial UN appeal most probably underestimate the needs, the UN intends to revise the appeal after a month and the UN secretary general will issue fresh aid appeal.

Talking to French news agency a UN aid spokesman said in Sukkur that

The amount of people affected by the floods that hit Pakistan in late June continues to rise, with an estimated 17.3 million people being currently significantly affected, a UN official said.

The world body said that millions of dollars are needed to meet food and other needs of the flood affected people.

Aid agencies are worried about the growing danger of malnutrition and water-borne disease, with children especially vulnerable.

Oxfam warned Sunday that reconstruction efforts must begin immediately to prevent the disaster from becoming a long-term catastrophe.

The British-based international charity said billions of dollars would be needed to start rebuilding schools, roads, bridges and hospitals immediately, adding that the aid effort was struggling to respond.

"One month into a crisis we would expected the situation to have stabilised and the long-term planning to have begun," Neva Khan, Oxfam's country director in Pakistan, said in a statement.

"But we are still in phase one of an increasing catastrophe, evacuating people, providing them with shelter, trying to get clean water and sanitation to those people who need it.

"Pakistan doesn't have the luxury of waiting for the emergency phase to be over before starting the reconstruction."

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Sajid Wahid is based in Mingora, North West Frontier, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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