Pakistan Flooding: International Aid Pours In

By Swatilekha Paul, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

SUKKUR, PAKISTAN ( In the wake of the massive flooding that Pakistan has been witnessing for the last three weeks, international aid has been forthcoming from various quarters to provide the much-needed relief to the victims of the catastrophe. Following the request of the Pakistani government, the World Bank has committed to pay a financial aid of $900 million and it has been announced through a statement that the financial support comes from the money that was to be used for the ongoing and the future projects that were planned in the country.

The United Nations also issued a statement on Tuesday in which it has divulged that around 20 million people displaced by the flooding in Pakistan are still waiting for the relief measures that they need desperately. The natural calamity that has wrecked havoc in various parts of the country, has affected millions of people as one-fifth of Pakistan remains submerged under the rain water. Although a number of countries have pledged financial support to provide the basic amenities to the flood victims, delivering goods such as food, medicines and other essential commodities is a task in itself as owing to the natural disaster, roads have been reduced to rubble and many parts of the affected region continues to remain inaccessible.

In the meanwhile, health officials have also raised concern that the death toll due to the flooding in Pakistan is all set to escalate as an estimated 3.5 million flood-affected children are at a risk of contracting water-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, dysentery as well as severe forms of diarrhea.

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