UN chief Ban arrives in flood-hit Pakistan

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has arrived in Pakistan to assess the damage caused by the country’s worst-ever floods.

Ban met with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zadari for talks on how to tackle the crisis.

The UN chief is expected to visit the worst-affected areas later on Sunday.

His visit comes amid mounting criticism of the Pakistan government’s handling of relief operations.

Flood victims complain it has been too slow to respond, leaving the military and aid agencies to take on most of the rescue work.

The flooding has engulfed much of Pakistan’s Indus river basin, killing at least 1,600 people.

Water has also damaged crops in a country where agriculture is part of the lifeblood of the economy.

Food supplies is slowing trickling through to those in need, although there are some reports of looting.

The UN has appealed for an initial 360 million euros in aid from the international community but it says billions more will be needed.