Pakistan: Urgent need for more resources to assist people displaced by flooding
|Publisher||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)|
|Publication Date||7 October 2011|
|Cite as||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Pakistan: Urgent need for more resources to assist people displaced by flooding , 7 October 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e92e02c2.html [accessed 10 March 2014]|
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The UN Humanitarian Coordinator has warned that, unless more resources are committed, millions of people displaced by flooding in Pakistan will be left in need of food, clean water and essential medicines for months to come. Pakistan's president stated on 23 September that the government would be able with international support to meet the needs of those affected, but two weeks after its launch, the UN's $357 million appeal to support the response for up to 5.4 million people was only six per cent funded. Meanwhile, aid organisations have struggled to access the flood-affected areas because of the high water levels.
Some 1.8 million people have been displaced as a result of the recent flooding; 66 per cent of them were staying in temporary relief camps in late September. Almost 1.5 million houses have been damaged or destroyed in Sindh Province, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), and more than two million acres (810,000 hectares) of crops have been wiped out. See also: IDMC Pakistan country page and briefing paper on the situation of women internally displaced by 2010 flooding in Sindh province