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A Pakistani flood affected child sleeps at his makeshift tent in Azakhel near Nowshera, Pakistan

A Pakistani flood affected child sleeps at his makeshift tent in Azakhel near Nowshera, Pakistan

Mohammad Sajjad

SANGI PATAN, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 11: Displaced flood victims exhausted and hungry rest as they wait for a place to go as the flood waters forced them to escape from their homes August 11, 2010 in Sangi Patan, Pakistan. The country's agricultural heartland has been hit hard as rice, corn and wheat fields are flooded creating a massive lake that goes on for many miles. An estimated 13.5 million Pakistanis affected by the worst floods in the country's history are bracing for more destruction as monsoon rains further bloat rivers and streams. Deadly flooding across Pakistan, has claimed the lives of more than 1,600 people and has forced hundreds of thousands from their homes, in what is the country's worst floods since 1929. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/ Getty Images)

SANGI PATAN, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 11: Displaced flood victims exhausted and hungry rest as they wait for a place to go as the flood waters forced them to escape from their homes August 11, 2010 in Sangi Patan, Pakistan. The country's agricultural heartland has been hit hard as rice, corn and wheat fields are flooded creating a massive lake that goes on for many miles. An estimated 13.5 million Pakistanis affected by the worst floods in the country's history are bracing for more destruction as monsoon rains further bloat rivers and streams. Deadly flooding across Pakistan, has claimed the lives of more than 1,600 people and has forced hundreds of thousands from their homes, in what is the country's worst floods since 1929. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/ Getty Images)

Paula Bronstein

A young girl, who is a Pakistani flood survivor, is shown in the Sultan Colony, an refuge encampment, in the Province of Punjab, near the city of Multan, Pakistan. Pakistan is suffering from the worst flooding in 80 years as the army and aid organizations struggle to cope with the scope of the wide spread scale of the disaster which has killed thousands and displaced millions.

A young girl, who is a Pakistani flood survivor, is shown in the Sultan Colony, an refuge encampment, in the Province of Punjab, near the city of Multan, Pakistan. Pakistan is suffering from the worst flooding in 80 years as the army and aid organizations struggle to cope with the scope of the wide spread scale of the disaster which has killed thousands and displaced millions.

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Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Paula Bronstein

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Paula Bronstein

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Paula Bronstein

Desperate flood victims scramble during a food distribution by a local Muslim organization offering rice for the hungry survivors over two weeks after the floods started

Desperate flood victims scramble during a food distribution by a local Muslim organization offering rice for the hungry survivors over two weeks after the floods started

Paula Bronstein

A Pakistan army helicopter drops relief supplies at a heavily flooded area of Rajanpur, in central Pakistan

A Pakistan army helicopter drops relief supplies at a heavily flooded area of Rajanpur, in central Pakistan

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A young girl, who is a Pakistani flood survivor, is shown in the Sultan Colony, a refuge encampment

A young girl, who is a Pakistani flood survivor, is shown in the Sultan Colony, a refuge encampment

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Two young girls, who are Pakistani flood survivors are shown in the Sultan Colony

Two young girls, who are Pakistani flood survivors are shown in the Sultan Colony

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Internally displaced people effected by the floods rest in the extreme heat in small tented camp

Internally displaced people effected by the floods rest in the extreme heat in small tented camp

Paula Bronstein

Flood victims run towards the Pakistan Army helicopter to grab aid

Flood victims run towards the Pakistan Army helicopter to grab aid

Paula Bronstein

A Pakistani mother and her baby are camped out by the edge of the water over two weeks after the floods forced them to flee

A Pakistani mother and her baby are camped out by the edge of the water over two weeks after the floods forced them to flee

Paula Bronstein

A Pakistani mother and her daughters make some tea over a fire, living on the street after the floods forced them to flee

A Pakistani mother and her daughters make some tea over a fire, living on the street after the floods forced them to flee

Paula Bronstein

A Pakistani father and his daughter rest on their bed amongst the cattle, living on the street after the floods forced them to flee

A Pakistani father and his daughter rest on their bed amongst the cattle, living on the street after the floods forced them to flee

Paula Bronstein

Desperate flood victims scramble during a food distribution by a local Muslim organization offering rice for the hungry survivors over two weeks after the floods started

Desperate flood victims scramble during a food distribution by a local Muslim organization offering rice for the hungry survivors over two weeks after the floods started

Paula Bronstein

A Pakistani girl sits in a tented camp where some families have taken shelter after their homes were flooded

A Pakistani girl sits in a tented camp where some families have taken shelter after their homes were flooded

Paula Bronstein

Floods spread for hundreds of kilometres, as seen from a Pakistan Army helicopter on an aid mission

Floods spread for hundreds of kilometres, as seen from a Pakistan Army helicopter on an aid mission

Paula Bronstein

Stranded people stand on a small strip of road waving to a helicopter before being evacuated by the Pakistan Army as flood waters continue to cause suffering two weeks after flooding began

Stranded people stand on a small strip of road waving to a helicopter before being evacuated by the Pakistan Army as flood waters continue to cause suffering two weeks after flooding began

Paula Bronstein

A farm is submerged and surrounded as floods spread for hundreds of kilometres

A farm is submerged and surrounded as floods spread for hundreds of kilometres

Paula Bronstein

A man waves from the roof of a building, surrounded by flood water

A man waves from the roof of a building, surrounded by flood water

Paula Bronstein

Villagers displaced from their homes by flooding sit on their belongings as they evacuate

Villagers displaced from their homes by flooding sit on their belongings as they evacuate

Daniel Berehulak

Villagers displaced from their homes by flooding travel through flood waters on the back of a truck

Villagers displaced from their homes by flooding travel through flood waters on the back of a truck

Daniel Berehulak

Exhausted and hungry displaced flood victims rest as they wait for a place to go after the flood waters forced them to escape from their homes

Exhausted and hungry displaced flood victims rest as they wait for a place to go after the flood waters forced them to escape from their homes

Paula Bronstein

Villagers wade through flood waters after having evacuated their homes

Villagers wade through flood waters after having evacuated their homes

Daniel Berehulak

Pakistani flood victim Mohammed Nawaz hangs onto a moving raft as he is rescued by the Pakistan Navy

Pakistani flood victim Mohammed Nawaz hangs onto a moving raft as he is rescued by the Pakistan Navy

Paula Bronstein

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flooding continues at a very high level

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flooding continues at a very high level

Paula Bronstein

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Paula Bronstein

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Paula Bronstein

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Paula Bronstein

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Paula Bronstein

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Paula Bronstein

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Pakistani flood victims get evacuated by the Pakistan Navy on a boat rescue mission as flood waters continue to rise

Paula Bronstein

Villagers displaced from their homes due to flooding walk through flood waters in the village of Baseera on the outskirts of Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan.

Villagers displaced from their homes due to flooding walk through flood waters in the village of Baseera on the outskirts of Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan.

Daniel Berehulak

Villagers displaced from their home due to flooding lead their livestock through flood waters

Villagers displaced from their home due to flooding lead their livestock through flood waters

Daniel Berehulak

Children displaced from their homes by flooding stand near bottles of water donated by roadside motorists

Children displaced from their homes by flooding stand near bottles of water donated by roadside motorists

Daniel Berehulak

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets children at a camp during his visit to flood-affected areas in Muzaffargarh, central Pakistan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets children at a camp during his visit to flood-affected areas in Muzaffargarh, central Pakistan

An aerial view of the flooding in the province of Punjab, Pakistan

An aerial view of the flooding in the province of Punjab, Pakistan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, centre, is greeted upon his arrival at Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, centre, is greeted upon his arrival at Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

A flood survivor in tears as she talks about her home being washed away by heavy flooding

A flood survivor in tears as she talks about her home being washed away by heavy flooding

Aid agencies have urged Governments to respond more quickly to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in flood-hit Pakistan

Aid agencies have urged Governments to respond more quickly to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in flood-hit Pakistan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, centre, shakes hands with officials at his arrival at Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. (AP)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, centre, shakes hands with officials at his arrival at Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. (AP)

Flood affected people at a camp for displaced victims in Multan, Pakistan (AP)

Flood affected people at a camp for displaced victims in Multan, Pakistan (AP)

A Pakistani villager carries his mother out of heavy flooding in Pakistan

A Pakistani villager carries his mother out of heavy flooding in Pakistan

US troops drop food relief for flood-hit people in Kalam, Pakistan

US troops drop food relief for flood-hit people in Kalam, Pakistan

A young Pakistani flood survivor stands outside her makeshift tent, in Charsadda, in Pakistan's northwest (AP)

A young Pakistani flood survivor stands outside her makeshift tent, in Charsadda, in Pakistan's northwest (AP)

Vehicles drive through a flooded road in Charsadda, in Pakistan's northwest (AP)

Vehicles drive through a flooded road in Charsadda, in Pakistan's northwest (AP)

A Pakistani villager rests as his house is submerged by flood water in Ghazi Ghat, Pakistan (AP)

A Pakistani villager rests as his house is submerged by flood water in Ghazi Ghat, Pakistan (AP)

Villagers flee their homes due to heavy flooding in Muzaffargarh, central Pakistan (AP)

Villagers flee their homes due to heavy flooding in Muzaffargarh, central Pakistan (AP)

A woman takes shelter on higher ground due to flooding in an area of Jaffarabad, Pakistan (AP)

A woman takes shelter on higher ground due to flooding in an area of Jaffarabad, Pakistan (AP)

Pakistan will need billions of dollars to recover from the worst floods in history, say the UN

Pakistan will need billions of dollars to recover from the worst floods in history, say the UN

Irish aid teams are on stand-by to assist victims of floods in Pakistan (AP)

Irish aid teams are on stand-by to assist victims of floods in Pakistan (AP)

Villagers travel to a safer place after leaving the flood-hit area of Muzaffargarh in central Pakistan (AP)

Villagers travel to a safer place after leaving the flood-hit area of Muzaffargarh in central Pakistan (AP)

A woman sits in a makeshift tent made from a plastic sheet as rain falls near Pabbi, north west Pakistan (AP)

A woman sits in a makeshift tent made from a plastic sheet as rain falls near Pabbi, north west Pakistan (AP)

Pakistan army troops rescue stranded villagers from the floods (AP)

Pakistan army troops rescue stranded villagers from the floods (AP)

A woman sits in a makeshift tent made from a plastic sheet as rain falls near Pabbi, north west Pakistan (AP)

A woman sits in a makeshift tent made from a plastic sheet as rain falls near Pabbi, north west Pakistan (AP)

Victims of the floods wait to be evacuated in Sanawan near Multan in central Pakistan (AP)

Victims of the floods wait to be evacuated in Sanawan near Multan in central Pakistan (AP)

Pakistani army soldiers in a helicopter rescue families stranded by flood water in central Pakistan (AP)

Pakistani army soldiers in a helicopter rescue families stranded by flood water in central Pakistan (AP)

Protesters gather in Birmingham during a visit by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari

Protesters gather in Birmingham during a visit by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari

Villagers stranded by floodwater wait to be evacuated in Sanawan near Multan in central Pakistan (AP)

Villagers stranded by floodwater wait to be evacuated in Sanawan near Multan in central Pakistan (AP)

Houses and narrow surrounding are are left amid flooded waters in Kot Addu, Pakistan (AP)

Houses and narrow surrounding are are left amid flooded waters in Kot Addu, Pakistan (AP)

British charities have launched an appeal to raise money for flood-hit Pakistan

British charities have launched an appeal to raise money for flood-hit Pakistan

Children jostle for relief aid in Peshawar, Pakistan (AP)

Children jostle for relief aid in Peshawar, Pakistan (AP)

Pakistan army soldiers rescue stranded villagers in Dera Ghazi Khan (AP)

Pakistan army soldiers rescue stranded villagers in Dera Ghazi Khan (AP)

Pakistan deployed additional security forces to Karachi after further violence (AP)

Pakistan deployed additional security forces to Karachi after further violence (AP)

An Irish aid agency has launched a worldwide appeal to raise 5 million euro to help the victims of the Pakistan flood disaster. (AP)

An Irish aid agency has launched a worldwide appeal to raise 5 million euro to help the victims of the Pakistan flood disaster. (AP)

People wait to cross a flooded road in Bannu, north-western Pakistan.(AP)

People wait to cross a flooded road in Bannu, north-western Pakistan.(AP)

Pakistani Mir Zaman sits on a bed next to his flooded house in Camp Karoona, Pakistan

Pakistani Mir Zaman sits on a bed next to his flooded house in Camp Karoona, Pakistan

A woman carries her child through floodwater in Camp Koroona village, Pakistan

A woman carries her child through floodwater in Camp Koroona village, Pakistan

A Pakistan army helicopter evacuates stranded villagers in Nowshera

A Pakistan army helicopter evacuates stranded villagers in Nowshera

A villager uses an inflated tube to reach his flooded house on the outskirt of Peshawar, Pakistan (AP)

A villager uses an inflated tube to reach his flooded house on the outskirt of Peshawar, Pakistan (AP)

Villagers gather beside their collapsed house caused by monsoon rains in Pakistan (AP)

Villagers gather beside their collapsed house caused by monsoon rains in Pakistan (AP)

People use a boat to rescue people after heavy rain fall caused flooding in Pakistan (AP)

People use a boat to rescue people after heavy rain fall caused flooding in Pakistan (AP)

Pakistani villagers move to a safe place from a flood hit village near Nowshera, Pakistan

Pakistani villagers move to a safe place from a flood hit village near Nowshera, Pakistan

Pakistani villagers move to a safe place from a flood-hit village near Nowshera, Pakistan

Pakistani villagers move to a safe place from a flood-hit village near Nowshera, Pakistan

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A Pakistani flood affected child sleeps at his makeshift tent in Azakhel near Nowshera, Pakistan

The United Nations appeared to have met its target of £295 million in immediate aid for flood-stricken Pakistan yesterday, after Britain, the US and other nations dramatically upped their pledges.

The promised help came after UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, addressing a hastily-called meeting of the General Assembly, urged governments to be even more generous than they were after the Indian Ocean tsunami and this year's Haiti earthquake.

Mr Ban said the floods were a bigger “global disaster” with Pakistan's government now saying more than 20 million people needed shelter, food and clean water.

“This disaster is like few the world has ever seen,” he said. “It requires a response to match. Pakistan needs a flood of support.”

Before the meeting, donors had given only half the sum the UN had appealed for to provide food, shelter and clean water to up to eight million flood victims over the next three months.

But Mr Ban said all the money was needed now — and much more would be needed later.

After listening to speeches by representatives of around 20 countries, Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he was assured that the £295m goal “is going to be easily met”, including “$100m plus (£64m)” from Saudi Arabia.

Aid groups and UN officials had worried about a slow response to the flooding.

Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, told reporters before the meeting that he believed that where the tsunami and Haiti catastrophes happened suddenly, “for about 10 days people didn't realise that this wasn't just another flood”.

Yesterday, after visiting flood areas with Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari, US senator John Kerry warned of extremists who might “exploit the misery of others for political or ideological purpose, and so it is important for all of us to work overtime”.

Mr Zardari spoke of militants who might take orphaned children “and train them as the terrorists of tomorrow”.

Mr Holbrooke said it was impossible to assess whether al Qaida or others were taking advantage of the floods because “we can't even get in there”.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton announced that her government, already the biggest donor, would contribute an |additional £38.5m, bringing its total to more than £96m, and that £59m would go into UN relief coffers.

The EU raised its pledge to more than £115m.

In addition, Britain said it would double its contribution to more than £64m. Germany raised its aid to £20.5m.

Mr Holbrooke warned that “many billions” would eventually be needed to rebuild Pakistan and challenged other countries, especially China, Pakistan's close ally, which was recently crowned as the world's second largest economy, to “step up to the plate”.

The floods have affected about one-fifth of Pakistan's territory — an area larger than Italy — straining its civilian government as it also struggles against al Qaida and Taliban violence.

Mr Qureshi said every 10th Pakistani “has been rendered destitute”, crops worth billions destroyed and things were likely to worsen as monsoons continued.

He said Pakistan had made “substantial” gains against terrorism, “but the peace and relative calm achieved ... are still fragile and need to be consolidated”.

>To make a donation, please visit: www.dec.org.uk

>More information about the relief effort available here

Belfast Telegraph


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