Millions of people affected by severe flooding in Pakistan will receive urgently needed life-saving humanitarian assistance, following a $27 million allocation from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
“The CERF is enabling humanitarian organizations to respond rapidly to the most urgent, life-saving needs in Pakistan”, said John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
“The death toll has so far been relatively low compared to other major natural disasters, but the numbers affected are extraordinarily high. If we don’t act fast enough, many more people could die”.
Pakistan’s worst floods in nearly a century have affected more than 15.4 million people across Pakistan, and at least 1,400 people have been killed.
Eight million people are believed to be in desperate need of emergency aid, and millions more are expected to suffer as torrential rains and unprecedented river levels continue moving southward.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is using CERF funds in order to provide emergency food assistance for up to four million people in the worst affected areas.