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  More than three months since devastating floods began in Pakistan the catastrophe is far from over a UN spokesman said on Friday Access to safe drinking water sanitation and hygiene remains a challenge as flooding and standing water have led to an increase in water borne and vector borne diseases said Farhan Haq deputy spokesman for the secretary general of the UN Antonio Guterres Millions of people face increased food insecurity as families return to destroyed homes ruined crops and dead livestock he told a daily news briefing As winter begins with snow already affecting some areas people affected by flooding are even more vulnerable and many need adequate shelter food and support to prepare for the winter he said More than 5 million people remain displaced as the floods have affected 33 million people and caused destruction in the agriculture health and education sectors Haq said Food and livelihood assistance has reached 4 1 million people while 1 5 million people have received emergency shelter kits blankets bedding and kitchen sets Aid workers and UN partners have provided medical assistance to 1 5 million people while more than 1 7 million people have received clean water she said We are requesting additional funds to sustain the life saving response The US 816 million humanitarian appeal launched by the United Nations and the Pakistani government is currently only 21 percent funded the spokesperson said Xinhua
Pakistanis still suffering aftermath of devastating floods: UN

Farhan Haq

– More than three months since devastating floods began in Pakistan, the catastrophe is far from over, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

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Access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene remains a challenge as flooding and standing water have led to an increase in water-borne and vector-borne diseases, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the secretary-general of the UN, Antonio Guterres.

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Millions of people face increased food insecurity as families return to destroyed homes, ruined crops and dead livestock, he told a daily news briefing.

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As winter begins, with snow already affecting some areas, people affected by flooding are even more vulnerable and many need adequate shelter, food and support to prepare for the winter, he said.

More than 5 million people remain displaced as the floods have affected 33 million people and caused destruction in the agriculture, health and education sectors, Haq said.

Food and livelihood assistance has reached 4.1 million people, while 1.5 million people have received emergency shelter kits, blankets, bedding and kitchen sets. Aid workers and UN partners have provided medical assistance to 1.5 million people, while more than 1.7 million people have received clean water, she said.

“We are requesting additional funds to sustain the life-saving response. The US$816 million humanitarian appeal launched by the United Nations and the Pakistani government is currently only 21 percent funded,” the spokesperson said. ■

(Xinhua)

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