Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

"Why Are So Many Children Dying in Gaza?"

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Seleka calls for partition

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria: One Hundred Days and Counting (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria: One Hundred Days and Counting

Read more

FOCUS

Can Chancellor Merkel's winning streak last?

Read more

FOCUS

Hunger in a fertile land...

Read more

ENCORE!

High-tech acting king Andy Serkis on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Read more

REPORTERS

Hong Kong in rebellion against the 'motherland'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Read more

  • In pictures: Thousands march for Gaza peace in Paris

    Read more

  • UN human rights chief blasts Israel-Gaza ‘war crimes’

    Read more

  • Bomb attacks leave scores dead in north Nigeria

    Read more

  • Gaza protests: ‘France imported the Mideast conflict a long time ago’

    Read more

  • Ryanair ordered to pay back €9.6m in illegal state aid to France

    Read more

  • Remains of Flight MH17 victims arrive in the Netherlands

    Read more

  • Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory

    Read more

  • Video: Fear, death and mourning in Gaza’s Khan Younis

    Read more

  • TransAsia Airways Taiwan crash leaves dozens dead

    Read more

  • Poland’s Rafal Majka wins 17th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Young riders raise French hopes for Tour de France

    Read more

  • Defying UK, France to proceed with warships sale to Russia

    Read more

  • US courts issue conflicting reports on Obamacare

    Read more

  • Video: Lebanon fears fallout from regional turmoil

    Read more

Asia-pacific

UN asks member states for record $2bn in aid for Pakistan

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-17

The United Nations has called on member states to raise two billion dollars in emergency aid for the estimated 14 million people left devastated by mass floods across Pakistan.

REUTERS - The United Nations on Friday asked member states for $2 billion to help Pakistan recover from the massive floods that have displaced millions of people, making it the largest natural disaster appeal in U.N. history.
 
The appeal folds in an Aug. 11 call for $460 million. The money is intended to cover the needs of up to 14 million people for the next 12 months, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.
 
"We must also do our part," U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said. "We simply cannot stand by and watch the immense suffering in a disaster of this scale."
 
OCHA said the revised appeal to the 192 U.N. member states covers humanitarian and recovery needs for Pakistan, including projects in agriculture, community restoration, education, health and shelter.
 
Previously the largest U.N. disaster aid appeal was $1.5 billion for Haiti after a massive earthquake hit the Caribbean state in January.
 
The floods in Pakistan began more than a month ago and swept through the country, leaving an area almost the size of England under water. OCHA said the floods have affected more than 20 million people, damaged or destroyed nearly 1.9 million homes and killed 1,700 people.
 
OCHA said Pakistan's development prospects may be disrupted for years.
 
"The damage to the economic infrastructure and livelihoods is immense," the statement said. "Irrigation, drainage and storage facilities are badly affected."
 
Farmers who lost their crops and who are not able to plant their fields by November will likely remain dependent on aid until well into 2012, while hundreds of thousands more people lost their shops or other small businesses, it added.
 
"We are seeing the equivalent of a new disaster every few days in Pakistan," Amos said. "Yesterday, new breaches of the embankments of Manchar Lake in Sindh flooded more villages. Millions of people have lost everything."
 
Although the water is beginning to recede, large areas remain submerged and some villages in the southern province of Sindh are facing floods as the Indus River, swollen by heavy monsoon rains, flows south to the Arabian Sea.

 

Date created : 2010-09-17

  • PAKISTAN

    IMF to review aid as Pakistan braces for more floods

    Read more

  • PAKISTAN

    Terrorists must not be allowed to exploit floods, says Pakistan

    Read more

COMMENT(S)