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UN calls for bigger aid response for Pakistan

UN calls for bigger aid response for Pakistan
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Hundreds of thousands of people continue to flee an ever-expanding flood zone as Pakistan’s leaders have called for a greater international aid response..

With more rains forecast and rivers surging, the authorities are also monitoring several key dams that are at or near capacity.

Much needed aid is arriving for the 14 million people affected by the flooding but the Pakistani government has conceded it does not have the resources to tackle the crisis alone.

UN Special Envoy to Pakistan, Jean-Maurice Ripert is one of several UN officials who have been disappointed by the relatively small amounts of international assistance so far, are stressing the magnitude of the challenge.

“This disaster that Pakistan is facing is certainly the largest, the biggest catastrophe in the history of the country. It is affecting more people than the 2005 earthquake,” he said.

The World Health Organisation has warned of disease spreading and called for medical and water purification packs to be sent as a priority.

But as the survivors continue to complain of their own government’s poor response, there is evidence that charities with militant links are filling the relief vacuum.