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Pakistan needs 'unprecedented' aid says UN chief

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Pakistan needs 'unprecedented' aid says UN chief


More than two weeks after floods first plunged Pakistan into disaster, the water is still rising across the southern plains of Sindh province.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and President Asif Ali Zardari have been visiting flood-affected areas. The President told Ban that the government is working vigorously to mobilise more efficiently.

Ban expressed condolences, over lost lives, and solidarity. He said: “We need more support from the international community. We have launched the appeal for 460 million dollars for the most immediate needs for the coming 90 days. And these unprecedented floods demand unprecedented assistance.”
Zardari, at the press conference with Moon in Islamabad, said: “We need support because this is a catastrophe which this region has never seen. It has never happened that such kinds of floods have ever affected any part of the world.”

Villages, roads, bridges and agriculture have been destroyed, and help has reached only a handful of the 20 million people affected.

A senior US aid official said he was optimistic a serious cholera outbreak could be averted thanks to international and Pakistani relief groups.

The EU said a few days ago: “The scale of the floods exceeds by far” the help provided till now.
Brussels agreed that urgent assistance was needed, as Pakistan, it said, has no more capacities to cope with the disaster, and is plunged in despair.

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