Floods in Pakistan damage 3.7% of total crop area: FAO

Published: October 11, 2011

UN's food agency at least 880,000 hectares of standing crops have been destroyed by floods. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MILAN: Floods in Pakistan have damaged at least 880,000 hectares of standing crops, including rice, maize, cotton, sugar cane, fruit orchards and vegetables, which represent about 3.7 per cent  of total national crop area, the United Nations’ food agency said on Tuesday, citing preliminary official estimates.

“Damage to the current paddy crop is moderate and is estimated by FAO and Pakistan’s space agency (SUPARCO), as of 20 September, at about 252,700 tonnes, or 2.5 per cent of the normal national production,” the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in an update on the flood situation in Pakistan.

Nearly 92,000 livestock have perished and at least 5 million surviving animals were at risk, it said.

Over 2.75 million people were in immediate need of food assistance in the monsoon affected areas of Pakistan, the FAO said citing a joint assessment by the UN and government.

Earlier, the UN informed Islamabad about the less than lukewarm response to the $357 million flood appeal and the reservations that donor countries supposedly have about pledging money and materials.

Official figures indicate that some eight million people have been affected and 600,000 homes totally destroyed by the flooding.

UN agencies say the rains have destroyed 73 per cent of the two provinces’ crops and 67 per cent of food stocks.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • khalid bajwa
    Oct 12, 2011 - 11:07AM

    Pakistan will be left helpless if proper aid and assistance is not provided by foreign countries. Pakistan is engrossed by many problems, one way to solve would be to ask the world community to invest in country to provide livelihood to millions suffering. especially if Pakistan is fighting a war on behalf of majority of the world. its should be realized by the world to give Pakistan in return

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  • khalid bajwa
    Oct 12, 2011 - 11:08AM

    Pakistan will be left helpless if proper aid and assistance is not provided by foreign countries. Pakistan is engrossed by many problems, one way to solve would be to ask the world community to invest in country to provide livelihood to millions suffering, especially if Pakistan is fighting a war in behalf of majority of the world. its should be realized by the world to give Pakistan in return

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  • rehmat
    Oct 13, 2011 - 1:02AM

    @khalid bajwa:
    “Pakistan is fighting a war on behalf of majority of the world. its should be realized by the world to give Pakistan in return”

    That is what YOUR army is telling you. The army is only willing to fight TTP which is anti-Pakistan. IT is unwilling to rein in LeT and JeM who attack India. It is also unwilling to attack the Afghan Taliban and Haqqanis who attack NATO forces. So Pakistan really is not doing any favor to the world and the world owes it nothing.

    Of course if people are willing to help, by all means that is good but due to the corruption i Pakistan donors are not comfortable that money simply will not end up in pockets of Pakistani politicians. Secondly, Pakistan has made it very difficult for employees of various aid agencies to get visa. So people donating to say International Red cross FOR Pakistan and then redcross people doing the work is also very difficult if they cannot be in the coutnry.

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