UN asks for USD 160 million to help Pakistan due to floods

The UN and the Pakistani government will launch an appeal for donations on Tuesday with the aim of raising 160 million dollars for emergency aid in the face of the historic floods that hit the country, the spokesman for the secretary general of the United Nations said on Monday.

More than 33 million people in Pakistan are battling the worst monsoon rains in three decades, which have left at least 1,136 dead, swept away countless homes and destroyed vital farmland.

And “the situation will worsen with the rains, which continue,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for Antonio Guterres, at a press conference.

In that context, “together with the government we have planned an urgent appeal of 160 million dollars for emergency assistance activities,” he said, adding that the official launch of the aid request will take place on Tuesday.

The UN “has already mobilized 7 million dollars, redirecting money from other programs, to finance the most urgent needs,” such as food, water, medical equipment, maternal health and shelter, among others, he specified.

The United Nations Emergency Response Fund has disbursed another 3 million. YS

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