UN in $357 million Pakistan flood appeal

a view of flooding caused by monsoon rains in Pakistan

a view of flooding caused by monsoon rains in Pakistan

As Pakistan struggles to cope with devastating monsoon flooding, the United Nations has appealed for over $350 million to provide life saving assistance.

The UN Rapid response plan aims to provide food, water, sanitation, health and emergency shelter to the worst hit families for six months.

An estimated 5.4 million people have been affected by the flooding in Sindh and Baluchistan provinces.

One million homes have been destroyed and 4.2 million acres of agricultural land flooded.

Elizabeth Byrs is the spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

 "300,000 people are living in more than 1,400 camps which have been established to shelter them but it is not enough. We have 5 million people affected. They need shelter, they need food, they need health care, many of the health facilities in Sindh have been surrounded by water, they are not accessible to the population, we need to provide medicine, health care, more than 7,000 have been treated for snakebites. This altogether, creates a very poor health situation for those people who are affected and we must act very swiftly."

Pakistan is still recovering from devastating floods last year which left 20 million people homeless.

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