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UNHCR launches $41 million appeal to help victims of Pakistans flooding

UNHCR launches $41 million appeal to help victims of Pakistans flooding

 

With over 160,000 people having so far received UNHCR emergency shelter and relief assistance across flood-affected areas of Pakistan, the agency appealed on Wednesday for $41 million to help meet the urgent needs of a further 560,000 people, amounting to 80,000 families.

The people of Pakistan urgently need the support of the international community, said Mengesha Kebede, UNHCR representative to Pakistan. The monsoon floods that swept across the land destroyed homes, farms, factories and entire livelihoods for millions of people.

The $41 million that UNHCR is seeking is part of a wider $459 million UN appeal launched today at UN headquarters in New York. As the appeal was being made, UNHCR trucks that had been trapped for a week by landslides finally reached Quetta carrying all-weather family tents for thousands of people in Balochistan Province made homeless by the floods. A further five trucks are expected to arrive in Quetta over the next hours, bringing help to a further 20,000 people.

UNHCR is focusing its flood-relief efforts mainly in west and northwest Pakistans Balochistan and Khyber Paktunkhwa provinces, where it is assisting Pakistani communities, people displaced by conflict, and long-time Afghan refugees.

UNHCR, one of the worlds leading aid agencies, is among the relief groups working with Pakistans disaster management authorities to help families recover from the devastating floods that have destroyed more than 300,000 homes throughout the country.