ISLAMABAD (AP) — Devastating floods in Pakistan’s worst-hit province have killed 10 people, including four children, in the past day, officials said Wednesday, citing the most vulnerable flood victims. said it renewed its $39 million request to help
In a statement, UNICEF said only one-third of its total funding appeals had been reached so far. Pakistani doctors and health workers struggle to contain outbreaks of waterborne diseases, malaria and dengue fever among hundreds of thousands of survivors now living in tents in southern Sindh.
Unprecedented monsoon rains and floods, attributed by many experts to climate change, have affected 33 million people across the country since mid-June and killed 1,569.
Of that number, 701 people, including 293 children and 131 women, have died in Sindh province, leaving many areas under water. Hollywood actress and UN humanitarian activist Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to Sindh on Tuesday to meet some of the flood victims.
UNICEF said more than 3.4 million children have been forced from their homes across Pakistan and more than 550 children have lost their lives in the floods.
“Unicef fears that more children will die without a significant increase in support,” UNICEF said in a statement.
Many of the roads and bridges in Sindh have been washed away or badly damaged, leaving thousands of families isolated and in desperate need of assistance. “The family has no food, no safe water, no medicine,” officials said.
UNICEF has set up 71 mobile health camps and makeshift schools for children in flood-affected areas. But its $39 million appeal is still less than a third of the funding, UNICEF added. The amount is part of the UN’s immediate appeal for his $160 million to help Pakistan’s flood response.
Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif met with world leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and called on the international community for more help to tackle the record-breaking floods.
In a televised message from New York on Wednesday, Sharif urged philanthropists to urgently and generously donate baby food for children affected by the floods. will reward you for,” he said.
Pakistan’s infrastructure and agriculture have also been destroyed, raising fears of a looming food crisis. Officials say the flood damage will be at least $30 billion.
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