GENEVA / PAKISTAN AID UPDATE

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UNICEF spokesman Marco Jimenez Rodriguez says that aid is being delivered ‘unhampered' following the threats made to foreign aid workers in Pakistan by the Taliban. UNTV

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STORY: GENEVA / PAKISTAN AID UPDATE
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DATELINE: 27 AUGUST 2010, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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RECENT 2010, PALAIS DES NATIONS

1. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations

27 AUGUST 2010, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide Press, Room III, Palais des Nations
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director, UNIS, UNOG: “We are always worried about attacks and threats to humanitarian workers, this is true in Pakistan and all the hazardous environments where we operate.”
4. Wide Press, Room III, Palais des Nations.
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Marco Jimenez Rodriguez, Spokesperson, UNICEF:
“It is clear that in a situation, and a context like Pakistan, security is always a concern. However, it was clear from our colleagues that so far and from the beginning of the crisis in Pakistan, they continued and they could perform their duties in a proper way, unhampered from any security at this point, and we all trust all humanitarian serving at this moment in Pakistan trust, that the situation will continue in such a way that we will be allowed to perform correctly and to bring assistance because the priority at this moment is to save lives in Pakistan.”
6. Wide shot, Journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jared Bloch, Spokesperson, IOM:
“The number of individuals that have been provided shelter assistance estimated by the National Disaster Management Authority is between 1.2 and 1.5 million. The support arriving in the pipeline is estimated at another 2.5 million individuals that can be assisted with shelter. So putting those together you are looking at around 4 million, just short of 4 million individuals that will be assisted with shelter. The estimated need is somewhere around 8 million therefore there is still a sizable shortfall in the shelter needs.”
8. Wide shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Fadela Chaib, Spokesperson,World Health Organisation (WHO):
“Suspected malaria are increasing in Sindh and Balochistan provinces where active transmission is ongoing. No deaths yet reported. It is possible to expect an increase of Malaria cases due to the exposure of people to water. We are expecting this increase to be in the next four weeks.”
10. Wide shot, Press Room III

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A spokesman for United Nations (UN) Children’s Fund (UNICEF) told journalists in Geneva today that aid was being delivered ‘unhampered’ following the threats made to foreign aid workers in Pakistan by the Taliban.

Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of UN Information Service in Geneva, said that there is always concern about attacks and threats to humanitarian workers, be it in Pakistan or all the hazardous environments where we operate.

It has been reported that a United States official said militants planned to attack foreigners delivering aid to the millions of people affected by the devastating floods in the country.

Marco Jimenez Rodriguez, spokesperson for the UNICEF said that it was clear that in a situation like in Pakistan, security was always a concern.

However, he added, it was clear from colleagues on the ground that “so far and from the beginning of the crisis in Pakistan, they continued and they could perform their duties in a proper way, unhampered from any security at this point.”

The UN also reported that there had been no attacks since the humanitarian crisis unfolded.

The UN says more than 17 million people have been affected by the floods, leaving eight million people homeless.

Jared Bloch from the International Organisation for Migration said just short of 1.5 million had been assisted with shelter so far, with support for a further 2.5 million people in the pipeline. He also noted that, “the estimated need is somewhere around 8 million therefore there is still a sizable shortfall in the shelter needs.”

Access to health care, including routine services in Pakistan is difficult as monsoonal rains and raging flood waters have damaged or destroyed more than 200 hospitals and clinics.

Meanwhile the World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating the international health response. Fadela Chaib, WHO’s spokesperson said that malaria was increasing in Sindh and Balochistan provinces where active transmission was ongoing. Still, no deaths have been reported yet.

Chaib noted that it was possible to expect an increase of Malaria cases due to the exposure of people to water. He also said that “we are expecting this increase to be in the next four weeks.”

The UN is expanding its relief operations in Pakistan as the area inundated by flood waters continues to increase and the number of people affected by the disaster has climbed past 17 million.

An area of more than 160,000 square kilometres – greater than the entire size of England, Bangladesh or Cuba – has now been ravaged by floods since exceptionally heavy monsoon rains began falling in Pakistan late last month.
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