Monsoon 2013: UN extends support for relief efforts in Pakistan

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Published: August 6, 2013
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"UN and humanitarian partners are ready to provide food, basic household items, water, sanitation and emergency health support, if required," Nesirky added. PHOTO: UN.ORG.

"UN and humanitarian partners are ready to provide food, basic household items, water, sanitation and emergency health support, if required," Nesirky added. PHOTO: UN.ORG.

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations is ready to assist Pakistan and Afghanistan, if required, after heavy monsoon rains and floods reportedly killed at least 120 people in the two Asian countries.

“The (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and its humanitarian partners are reviewing the situation and stand ready to assist if required,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told a Monday news briefing. “Further monsoons are forecast later in the month.”

“UN and humanitarian partners are ready to provide food, basic household items, water, sanitation and emergency health support, if required,” Nesirky added.

The OCHA “has received reports indicating that heavy monsoon rains have killed more than 80 people across Pakistan, displacing hundreds, ravaging thousands of acres of crops and causing huge damage to houses and infrastructure,” said the spokesperson.

But he said that the Pakistani authorities have not yet requested international assistance.

Meanwhile, flash floods have affected villages in Kabul Province of Afghanistan in the past few days.

“As of August 4, at least 40 people are reported to have died, and homes, schools and mosques have been destroyed or badly damaged,” Nesirky said.

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  • Aug 7, 2013 - 8:55AM

    Dear Sirs,
    I would like to express my sympathy with plight and disaster caused by flood reported yesterday. Flood hit various places including the Bulchistan province. I sometimes read news of Pakistan on different English newspaper which is published in Japan. I hope that relief help Pakistani affected by this seasonal and abrupt plight. Beside this natural disaster, Pakistan has suffere from the problem of Taliban who especially threaten Pakistani girl Y. Malala who was helped by UK and sometimes send e-mail to BBC. I am shocked by the fact because she send an e-mail to BBC and is misunderstood to represent to harm the presence of Taliban. Regardless the are and those kinds of concerns, I perceive that the PM Sharif stands very firm to cooperate with the people and doesn’t hesitate to support Ms. Malal, too.
    Just perhaps yesterday, the US media reports widely Al-Queda target Pakistan now. I am very shocked by its news. I strongly hope that the PM Nawaz Sharif will not compromise with such a leader who trys to influence Taliban in Pakistan. Hope again monsoon will be more tenderly to help harvest in Pakistan. Sincerely,

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