In order to meet the urgent requirements of Pakistani flood survivors for life-saving assistance, the UN will ask the international community for an additional $800 million, a UN official announced on Friday.
Since mid-June, the record floods, which were probably made worse by climate change, have killed 1,678 people in Pakistan. Tents and temporary shelters are still home to almost 500,000 survivors.
Reporters in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, were informed by Julien Harneis, the UN resident coordinator there, that the most recent plea will be made on Tuesday from Geneva. It happens only a few weeks after the agency asked for $160 million in urgent support for 33 million flood victims.
In response to the “extraordinary scale of the devastations” brought on by the floods, the UN decided to submit the new plea, according to Harneis. According to him, waterborne and other diseases are becoming a problem for Pakistan’s displaced people. Health experts report that the epidemics have already resulted in more than 300 fatalities.
More than 130 flights delivering aid for the flood victims have been deployed by various nations and UN organizations since July. Many of these victims say that they have either received too little aid or are still waiting for aid.
Officials and scholars have attributed climate change to the rainfall and subsequent floodwaters. A few of the flood-affected districts were visited by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this month. He has urged the international community to provide Pakistan with copious sums of aid on numerous occasions.
The flood-related losses are estimated by the Pakistani government to be $30 billion.