It’s been more than three months since the devastating floods began in Pakistan, but the crisis continues. A spokesman for the United Nations said this. Xinhua news agency quoted Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, as saying that clean water and sanitation still remain a challenge. There has been an increase in vector borne diseases due to floods and stagnant water. The spokesperson told a daily press briefing on Friday that millions of people are facing food insecurity. He said that this crisis has deepened as soon as winter started. People affected by floods have become even more vulnerable. They need shelter, food etc.
Farhan Haq said that more than 5 million people are displaced. The floods affected more than 33 million people and caused devastation in the sectors of agriculture, health and education. Food and livelihood support was provided to 4.1 million people, while emergency shelter kits, blankets, bedding and kitchen sets were provided to 1.5 million people. He said that the United Nations has provided health assistance to 1.5 million people, while more than 1.7 million people have received clean water.
The spokesman said, we are seeking additional funds to maintain the life-saving operation. The $816 million in humanitarian aid launched by the United Nations and the Government of Pakistan is currently only 21 percent funded. Significantly, due to torrential rains since June, 1,717 people have died and about 13,000 people have been injured in the horrific floods in Pakistan. About 33 million people were affected by the floods, while an estimated $30 billion in damage was caused.