Pakistan flood recovery sees $600 million shortfall

More than $600 million still to come from donors, with more than $176.5 million for agriculture and food security.


Afp April 13, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations said on Wednesday that Pakistan is short of $600 million needed to help millions of families rebuild their lives nine months after suffering nationwide floods in its worst ever natural disaster.

The international community was slow to come to Pakistan's aid in the immediate aftermath of last year's monsoon-triggered floods, which affected up to 21 million people, amid allegations of official mismanagement of funds.

As the aid operation now moves from its emergency phase to "early recovery" to rebuild homes and restore livelihoods, the United Nations said a huge shortfall in funds remained.

More than $600 million is still to come from donors, with more than $176.5 million needed for agriculture and food security, $174.5 million for housing, $106.6 million for water and sanitation projects.

The rest of the funds are required to improve education, health, livelihoods, governance, and infrastructure, the United Nations and Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority told reporters in Islamabad.

"It is critical that the international community supports this effort both technically and financially," UN humanitarian coordinator Timo Pakkala said.

COMMENTS (2)

Hedgefunder | 10 years ago | Reply Love to know the accounts as to how the Aid so far provided has been distributed and what progress has been made so far in regards to those affected's lives ! It rather easy to make statements in regards to needs of funds, but i feel donar nations are not going to accept the idea of signing Blank Cheques to Pakistan!!! Those days are well gone, as they all have issues and needs of their people to consider too!!!
Naveed | 10 years ago | Reply Witnessing the scale of the disaster when I was working with my charity Doctors Worldwide, it became evident that the suffering would be prolonged and sadly forgotten as the world moves on...
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