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21 August 2010 :: 10:08:15 am 35968

UN Pledge Succeeds in Raising More Money for Pakistan Crisis

The UN has succeeded in its worldwide pledge for more money for the Pakistan Crisis which has left more than 20 million people homeless.
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Pakistan, 21st August 2010: The United Nations has raised nearly £300 million in appeals for Pakistan. The country’s worst ever flooding has left 20 million people without food, drinking water and shelter as well as nearly 1,500 people dead.

The disaster has been described as a slow moving tsunami and is the worst disaster the world has ever seen requiring a matching response. At a special meeting the secretary Ban Kimoon called on governments to be more generous in their offers of aid as this was by far a worse disaster than the 2004 Asia Tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the recent earthquake in Haiti.

The UK government announced that its’ aid package would be an extra £33 million. The UN Assembly was told by the International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell that it was “Unacceptable that the international community had not done more and it is clear that unless more aid is delivered, many people will die from disease and malnutrition. It is deeply depressing that the international community is only now waking up to the true scale of the disaster”.

Hillary Clinton, the US state secretary said that the US would be contributing to the new pledge of $60 million which would bring their contribution to more than $150 million towards the flood relief fund. The US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan stated that many billions would be needed to help Pakistan, challenging other countries to ‘step up to the plate’.

Many parts of Pakistan remain submerged with flood waters expected to get worse as water continues flow south.

Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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