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8 mn Pak floods victims need aid: UN
Islamabad, Aug 19 (Agencies):
Published on 19 Aug. 2010 11:01 PM IST
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The number of Pakistani flood victims in need urgent humanitarian relief has risen from six million to eight million, the United Nations said on Thursday.
“Since it’s an evolving situation, things are unfolding. Our estimate has gone up and now eight million are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,” U.N. humanitarian operations spokesman Maurizio Giuliano told Reuters.
Those new figures come amid fears of fresh flooding as the survivors continue their daily struggle.
“We are receiving food but only sporadically. We are poor people and are here because of the flood waters. We all have children and wonder how we will provide food for them,” explained Waziran Begum, a victim of the floods.
In Islamabad, aid has arrived from Germany including tarpaulins for shelter. Four million are now homeless, according to figures just released by the UN. It is not only the immediate crisis that is causing concern. The growing season is due to start next month but planting is a forlorn hope for village farmers.
“We grew mostly vegetables here. We used to grow all kinds. Now there is nothing left.
The water will be standing here for the next three months, stopping us growing the next crop,” said Habibullah, a farmer in the Punjab region, the agricultural heartland of Pakistan.
As the UN meets in emergency session, the United States is expected to respond with an increase in donations.

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