Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

£250,000 donated to Pakistan relief

More than £250,000 has been donated from Northern Ireland for Pakistan flood relief efforts. (AP)
A young girl, who is a Pakistani flood survivor, is shown in the Sultan Colony, a refuge encampment
Pakistani villagers move to a safe place from a flood-hit village near Nowshera, Pakistan

More than £250,000 has been donated from Northern Ireland for Pakistan flood relief efforts, it has emerged.

UN aid agencies have said hundreds of thousands of people affected by the floods in Pakistan have yet to receive aid, adding that the relief operation remains underfunded. Northern Ireland people gave £272,000 in aid.

Officials say the humanitarian situation in Pakistan remains one of the most serious they have yet experienced. Six million people are in need of immediate assistance, they added.

Actor Art Malik praised international donors.

"It's uplifting that, at a time when we are all tightening our belts, the public still digs deep to help those in desperate need," he said.

A total of more than £17 million has been given to the Disasters Emergency Committee of aid agencies.

Extra emergency aid funds have been pledged to help more than 20 million people affected by the disaster.

The World Food Programme has so far distributed food to less than a million people, and of an estimated half a million families in need of shelter, and just 98,000 have received tents, the UN said.

Thousands of homes and other buildings, including schools and hospitals, have been swept away, and crops for domestic food consumption and for export have been lost.

Pakistan's ambassador to the United Nations appealed for more international attention and support for his country, describing the disaster as unprecedented. The floods began more than two weeks ago in the mountainous north-west of Pakistan and swept south across a quarter of the country, including its agricultural heartland, leaving some 2,000 people dead.

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