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UN helps Pakistan to deal with devastating floods


People use a cart to salvage usable items from their flood-hit homes in Tando Jan Muhammad, Sindh, Pakistan. AP

The UN is helping Pakistan and Afghanistan deal with recent heavy flooding that has caused heavy casualties and material damage, said a spokesman.

The UN team in Pakistan is boosting support to authorities in the most affected provinces of Balochistan and Sindh. To date, the UN team has mobilised $7 million to respond to the floods and has provided 1,100 metric tons of food rations, therapeutic feed and nutritional supplements, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.


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Following a rapid assessment, a response plan is being finalized to coordinate the joint response and call for further resources, he told a daily press briefing.

Flood affected people sit on a truck after being evacuated following rainfall on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Sindh. AFP

In Afghanistan, heavy rains and flash floods over the past week have affected several provinces, affecting more than 8,200 families, said the spokesman.

Between August 16 and 21, flash floods killed 63 people and injured 115 others, including women and children. Nearly 3,400 homes are estimated to have been damaged or destroyed, he said.

The United Nations and humanitarian partners have deployed assessment teams to identify needs in the affected areas. The teams are providing life-saving assistance to people, including food, water and sanitation, tents, health care service, psychosocial support and other essential supplies, he said.

So far this year, 256 people have been killed by flash floods in Afghanistan, including 118 since August 1, he said.

Indo-Asian News Service


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