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UN urges $ 180 million dollars to feed flood victims in Pakistan

Pakistan FloodIslamabad: The United Nations appealed on Friday to 180 million dollars to feed six million victims of floods in Pakistan until the end of this month each year. The UN is facing a shortage of money to meet the food needs of the demands of disaster victims over the next two, a senior official of WFP, said David Kaatrud. “We have a very large distribution program for six million people on the monthly basis, with a food basket of eight (essential) items,” he told a news briefing. Kaatrud said the WFP would face a shortage of cooking oil and pulses in October and November. “It is over 100 million US dollars for October and an additional 80 million dollars for November, let’s say till the end of the year,” he said in response to a question about details of the shortages. The United Nations has released a record two million dollars in fundraising in response to disasters, the UN agency said affected 21 million people and caused $ 12 million in need of emergency food assistance. Kaatrud said the next winter could be difficult for people affected by floods due to the difficulties that humanitarian workers were in communications and transport and the domino effect in the food supply. Several roads were cut in the north and the quality of the tents must be improved if we are to address the most severe weather conditions, "he said. “There has to be an upgrading of the shelter that they are receiving right now,” he added. Torrential rain began falling in northern Pakistan in July and the floods have since moved slowly south, wiping out villages and farmland, and affecting an area roughly the size of England. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called the floods in Pakistan “the worst natural disaster the United Nations has responded to in its 65-year history.” – AFP

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