UN Calls For Urgent Aid to Pakistan

Posted November 19th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior United Nations relief coordinator is calling for $79 million in urgent aid for displaced communities in Pakistan.

Catherine Bragg said the money is needed to help families displaced by violence in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan and those uprooted by flooding in the south.

She said that as winter approaches, $196 million is required to provide essential services, including health care, water, sanitation and shelter.

In 2010, massive floods in Pakistan killed 1,700 people, affected 20 million others and submerged one-fifth of the country.

Last year, monsoon rains triggered floods that killed at least 300 people and destroyed more than 1.5 million homes in Pakistan's southern Sindh province and neighboring Baluchistan province.