WORLD Over 20 mln Pakistanis rely on underfunded floods aid as winter sets in: UN


Over 20 mln Pakistanis rely on underfunded floods aid as winter sets in: UN

Global Times

16:27, December 10, 2022

More than 20 million people in Pakistan continue to depend on humanitarian aid and the needs will grow as winter sets in, said UN humanitarians on Friday.

A flood-affected family is seen at a makeshift tent on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Pakistan, on Oct. 3, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)

Critical humanitarian needs in Pakistan remain as more than 20 million people continue to depend on humanitarian aid although reconstruction efforts begin in some areas, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

"In support of the government response, our humanitarian partners have reached more than 4.7 million people with aid since the onset of the floods," the office said. "Our partners have also helped 125,000 children to resume their education, including through more than 500 temporary learning centers. However, schools remain inaccessible for more than 2 million children."

Even though about 2.6 million people received food assistance through the United Nations and its partners, OCHA said that as winter arrives, more resources are urgently needed.

To date, only 23 percent of the 816-million-U.S. dollar floods response plan has been received, said the office.

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