News / Asia

UN: Money Needed to Help Pakistani Flood Victims

United Nations aid agencies say they are in desperate need of funds to carry out emergency operations in flood-stricken Pakistan. They are urging donors to respond quickly to the emergency appeal last week by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who asked for nearly half a billion dollars to help millions of Pakistanis affected by the worst flooding in memory.

Officials with U.N. aid agencies in Pakistan say the scale of the disaster caused by flooding is horrendous. And they say stepped up emergency operations are needed to keep pace with the escalating humanitarian crisis.

Pakistani officials estimate the floods are affecting 20 million people throughout the country. Millions are homeless. So far, the flooding has killed at least 1,600. Aid agencies say they fear many more might die from water-borne diseases.

The World Health Organization has recorded the first case of cholera in Mingora, in the northwestern district of Swat. WHO says this is of great concern because cholera is a deadly disease that spreads quickly in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions.

The World Food Program reports it has reached about 430,000 people with a one-month food ration in the worst hit areas of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. It says it is now distributing food in Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan provinces.

Until recently, WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella says, the agency has been using six helicopters to fly food to people in areas that are inaccessible by ground. Now, it has four more helicopters at its disposal.

"So, we are at 10 helicopters now and hoping to get even more in the skies. And, that would be a big help because we are most acutely concerned about communities that have been completely cut off, she said. "And, there are still communities, particularly in the north part of the Swat area that are completely cut off - several hundreds of thousands of people."

Casella says the World Food Program plans to reach two million people with emergency food by August 20. But, achieving this goal, she says, depends on favorable weather conditions so the helicopters can fly.

She says WFP has enough food stocks in the country to provide six million people with a one-month food ration.

"At the moment, what we are stressing is the urgency of the situation and also the short window that we are dealing with because, currently, our appeal collectively is a three-month appeal and for the food portion of that, for WFP, it is about $150 million," added Casella. "We have got about a-third of that on line. But, we are appealing urgently to donors to make sure that that amount of food can be acquired and brought in as quickly as possible to maintain the flow."

The World Health Organization's portion of the nearly $460 million U.N. appeal is $56 million. WHO also is appealing to donors to come up rapidly with the money, so it can assess the health risks for Pakistan's flood victims and take appropriate action.

The U.N. Children's Fund says children and women are among the most vulnerable victims of the flood disaster. UNICEF says it needs $47.3 million to provide health, water and sanitation, nutritional feeding and other assistance to millions of survivors.

You May Like

US Imposes Sanctions on Alleged Honduran Drug Gang

Treasury department alleges Los Valles group is responsible for smuggling tens of thousands of kilograms of cocaine into US each month More

At 91, Marvel Creator Stan Lee Continues to Expand his Universe

Company's chief emeritus hopes to interest new generation of children in superheroes of all shapes and sizes by publishing content across multiple media platforms More

Photogallery New Drug Protects Against Virus in Ebola Family

Study by researchers at University of Texas Medical Branch, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals is first looking at drug's effectiveness after onset of symptoms More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebolai
X
George Putic
August 20, 2014 8:57 PM
While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ferguson Calls For Justice as Anger, Violence Grips Community

Violence, anger and frustration continue to grip the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Protests broke out after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The case has sparked outrage around the nation and prompted the White House to send U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to the small community of just over 20,000 people. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has more from Ferguson.
Video

Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.
Video

Video Family Robots - The Next Big Thing?

Robots that can help us with daily chores like cooking and cleaning are a long way off, but automatons that serve as family companions may be much closer. Researchers in the United States, France, Japan and other countries are racing to build robots that can entertain and perform some simpler tasks for us. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.

AppleAndroid