UN launches major Pakistan flood appeal

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UN launches major Pakistan flood appeal

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Some 350 million euros to help 14 million people is what the UN has said it needs to help Pakistan’s flood victims.

It has launched a major aid appeal to deal with the worst natural disaster in the nation’s history.

For those affected, the humanitarian relief cannot come quick enough.

“Our village was destroyed by the flood water, we have been on the roadside for the past 12 days, we need food and tents but we haven’t received anything,” one victim said.

Clean water, food and shelter remain the top priorities.

There has been criticism that the international response has been sluggish compared to other disasters, but the UN explained the scale of the disaster had overwhelmed authorities.

UN aid spokesman Maurizio Giuliano said: “I know that some people have said that the response has not been as quick as we hoped; and of course it is impossible in a situation like this to deliver tents to 14 million people – those homeless, as well as those who have been evacuated – within a matter of one or two days.”

The heavy monsoon rains have fallen across large swathes of Pakistan from the northern mountains to the southern province of Sindh.

Countless villages, roads and bridges have all been washed away while crops and livestock have also been lost.

The intense downpour has come at a time when the government is struggling with a faltering economy and a brutal war against the Taliban.