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Demands for quicker international response to floods

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Demands for quicker international response to floods


In Pakistan 24 hours after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s visit authorities have forecast a respite in the rains.

Water levels in the Indus River which feeds Pakistan plains have fallen in Punjab the country’s worst hit province.

It is but a glimmer of hope for the people whose situation the Secretary General called, ‘heart wrenching’. And he demanded action.

“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,” he said.

Ban ki Moon travelled with President Zardari whose visit to Europe as the disaster unfolded has done little to encourage foreign donors, believe analysts.

Clean water and hygiene supplies are a priority. The U.N. has reported the first case of cholera while only a quarter of the aid needed has so far arrived in Pakistan.

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