UN continues to support flood-hit Pakistan
The UN continued to support Pakistan’s response to the catastrophic floods by providing food, fresh water and other essential relief materials, a spokesperson said.
According to Eri Kaneko, associate spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the UN team and humanitarian partners have helped 55,000 people gain access to clean water and 300,000 people have received food aid. He said, “Our colleagues have also deployed 14 mobile clinics to offer medical services in the affected areas.”
In addition, host communities and refugee populations across the country have received more than 71,000 emergency relief items from the UN team and its humanitarian partners, including tents, plastic sheeting, stoves , blankets, solar lamps and mattresses.
Kaneko said more than 5,000km of roads and 243 bridges have been damaged or destroyed, making access a significant barrier to both aid distribution and people’s ability to leave their homes. for safer places.
The spokesperson says more than 470,000 people live in camps in Pakistan and more than 1.1 million homes have been damaged or destroyed.
An estimated 33 million people have been affected by the worst flooding in decades and more than 1,000 people, mostly children’, have died since mid-June when heavy rains began to hit the country, Jens Laerke, spokesman for the United Nations humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, said earlier.
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