Pakistan flood victims still need assistance

Six months after floods hit vast regions of Pakistan, the emergency remains far from over and millions are still in need of humanitarian aid, according United Nations agencies.

Pakistan flood victims on the move

Pakistan flood victims on the move

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA estimates that four million people are still without proper housing and the widespread damage to crops has left close to 5.5 million people still relying on food assistance.

UNICEF says it was still providing clean water to over 3.5 million people daily.

Pascal Villeneuve is UNICEF’s acting representative in Pakistan.

“The challenges we face are great, the geographical spread, the sheer number of people and the fact that the majority have moved back to their places of origin where the infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed makes our task even the more difficult. The slow pace of donations, resource constrains and lack of reliable data is additional challenges. The issue of malnutrition in children of Pakistan is extremely worrying for UNICEF. It pre dates the floods but has been seriously exacerbated by successive emergencies over the past five years.”

More than 18 million people were affected by the floods in Pakistan which also destroyed over 1.7 million homes and over 2.2 million hectares of crops.

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