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Pakistan flood victims, UN warns of aid shortfall

GENEVA: A shortfall in international aid is jeopardising key potable water, nutrition and vaccination programmes for more than a million Pakistani flood victims, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned Friday.

aid shortfall for Pakistan flood victimsIf significant assistance doesn’t arrive by the year’s end, “1.4 million people, around half of them children, will stop receiving clean water,” said UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado.

The agency’s programmes to fight malnutrition may also be halved without major, timely aid and some 11 million children will be left out of its measles vaccination campaign, Mercado said.

For millions of flood-hit Pakistanis, emergency aid “is a question of survival,” particularly since the coming winter months will pose new challenges for already vulnerable families, she said.

Overall, UNICEF says it has received only about half, or nearly 134 million dollars (95 million euros) of the 251 million it says is needed.

The agency’s appeal follows that of a United Nations spokeswoman in Pakistan who expressed alarm Wednesday over sluggish arrival of funds for its various operations.

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