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Boost in aid for Pakistan

Boost in aid for Pakistan
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The sight of vital life-saving aid on its way to Pakistan is evidence of the quickening response to the humanitarian crisis. Nearly half of the 350 million euros needed for initial relief has now been secured, according to the United Nations.

Days of lobbying donors and stark warnings on the scale of the catastrophe are starting to pay off, the UN believes. But agencies have warned that despite the fresh funding, as donors realise the size of the disaster, only a fraction of the six million people desperate for food and clean water have received help.

There are fears the flood damage means farmers will miss the growing season due to start next month and that could lead to severe long-term food shortages.

And there are mounting health concerns for those surviving without proper shelter, food or clean drinking water, three weeks after the country’s worst natural disaster in modern times began. Children remain the most vulnerable with an estimated three and a half million at risk.

That risk has been heightened after fresh warnings of more floods in some parts of the country.