In the next three months, about 5.7 million Pakistani flood survivors will face a serious food crisis, the United Nations warned Monday. A top United Nations official announced an increase in the humanitarian appeal for Pakistan to $816 million, from $160 million, due to rising death tolls from disease.
During the meeting in Geneva, Julien Harneis, UN representative in Pakistan, told reporters aid agencies needed more funds to prevent a “second wave of destruction” from waterborne diseases. According to him, the United Nations made an appeal for $160 million in emergency funding to respond to the floods, but the amount was insufficient given the scale of devastation.
Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority reported hours ago that floods caused by abnormally heavy monsoon rains have killed 1,695 people, affected 33 million, damaged more than 2 million homes, and forced hundreds of thousands to live in tents or makeshift structures.