ISLAMABAD: number of people in need of help in flood-hit many areas higher than what was reported, said the United Nations.
A rapid needs assessment was carried out out through government, the UN and humanitarian partners have shown that many more people are in need of life saving support Services in in aftermath of catastrophic floods.
The revised “Pakistan Flood Response Plan 2022” will be launched. in Geneva on Tuesday. The US$600 million to US$800 million valuation will focus on on life saving support for immediate and pressing needs.
This was announced by UN Resident Coordinator Julien Harneys. who spoke at a press briefing in Islamabad on Friday together with representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.
Mr. Harneys said $90 million was received within one month of $160 million flash appeal for immediate relief flood victims.
“Food is being delivered to vulnerable families, but it is still not enough to meet nutritional needs. of people,” he said.
2m at home destroyed
According to the number of damaged and destroyed at home exceeded 2 m, since of 23 September.
Over 5000 schools currently are being used to house displaced people, while about 23,900 schools have been damaged, figures show.
Speaking on case, WHO representative in Pakistan, said Dr. Palita Mahipala. more over 2,000 medical facilities were damaged or destroyed, causing public health emergency. UNICEF Deputy Representative in Pakistan Dr. Inoussa Kabore said that 2.3 million people not have access to safe drinking water and almost 3 m using polluted water for drinking.
Meanwhile, according to a UNICEF report published on On Friday, data collected showed that at least 25,993 schools were hit or damaged. destroyed in four provinces.
US suspends $132 million payment
Also on Friday, Washington swept over payment suspension agreement on $132 million of Pakistan debtUS Embassy in Islamabad said the country was facing an economic crisis exacerbated by devastating floods.
According to ReutersUS Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blom signed an agreement to extend G20 loan benefits. debt service suspension initiative, the embassy said in a statement. in statement, adding: “Our priority is to redirect critical Resources in Pakistan.”
Rollover bound with Paris club agreement in from April 2020 to support 73 lower income countries during Covid-19, in which the US provided assistance on $128 million in debt to Pakistan.
Payment Suspension Agreement on that debt plus an additional $4 million, now over again.
Published in Dawn, October 1, 2022