Devastating floods in Pakistan will place huge stresses on The United Nations has warned that efforts to bring food to neighboring Afghanistan to alleviate its catastrophic humanitarian crisis on Friday.
The UN World Food Program has a lot to say of food aid in transit through Pakistan by road — network which was badly damaged by severe floods in countries history.
“We are absolutely focused on needs of in people in Pakistan right now but ramifications of what we are experiencing here is getting broader,” WFP Representative in Pakistan. director Chris Kay said.
“We become very, very concerned overall food security, not just in Pakistan in immediate and intermediate termno also for what would that mean for operations in Afghanistan.
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“Pakistan provides a vital supply route to Afghanistan,” he said. Large sums of his food is included via port of Karachi.
“With the roads that have been washed out, this represents us with large logistics challenge” Kay told reporters. in Geneva, via video link from Dubai.
“WFP purchased over 320,000 metric tons in in past year to support operations in Afghanistan. floods in Pakistan is about to leave a huge dent in this ability.”
He said that there is a “large problem” in restoration of agricultural production in Pakistan to feed their people and continue to supply food to Afghanistan.
Farther issue was that the wheat crop was stored in flooded areas of Pakistan, and “most of the wheat was washed away.”
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He said that the food security situation in Pakistan was “graveyard” even before the flood, with 43 percent of people food insecurity and the country ranks 92nd. out of 116 on Global Hunger Index.
Monsoon rains flooded a third of Pakistan claiming more than a thousand lives since June and release powerful floods that washed away the stripes of vital crops and damaged or destroyed more than a million homes.
Officials blame climate change, which is increasing the frequency and intensity of of extreme weather around world.
38 million Afghanistan people face desperate humanitarian crisis worsened after billions of dollars in assets been frozen and foreign aid dried up up when the Taliban took over a year back.