UN seeks $2 billion aid for Pak flood relief

The United Nations asked member states on Friday for $2 billion to help Pakistan recover from massive floods that have displaced millions of people, the largest natural disaster appeal in UN 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 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.

“We must also do our part,” UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said. “We simply cannot stand by and watch the immense suffering in a disaster of this scale.”

She told reporters that 80 percent of the $460 million in emergency aid requested by the United Nations for Pakistan last month had been received.

OCHA said the revised appeal to the 192 UN member states covers humanitarian and recovery needs for Pakistan, including projects in agriculture, community restoration, education, health and shelter.

Previously the largest UN disaster aid appeal was $1.5 billion for Haiti after a massive earthquake hit the Caribbean state in January.