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UN to hold special session on Pakistan


Flood survivors from Pakistan’s Sindh province continue to head for the city of Karachi in search of food and shelter. What is there is basic but at least it is better than what they have left behind.

The provincial government has set up two relief camps but like in many of the country’s cities, pressure is growing as more and more desperate people arrive.

And while the swollen waters of the river Indus head south, what is left in the north is devastation. About one million homes have been destroyed and crops and farm animals washed away. Those brave enough to return find little to salvage.

Aid agencies say the priority is for clean water. They say they have seen a ten-fold rise in deaths from cholera and dehydration.

The UN is to hold a special session today. Donor countries are at last reacting; the European Union has pledged another 30 million euros and the US is expected to announce a hike in its contribution. None of it can come too soon.

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