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10 million children affected by the flooding in Pakistan

NEWS RELEASE
Floods in Pakistan
Scale of crisis unimaginable, UNICEF revises appeal to US$ 252.3 million (RM 804.84 million) for August 2010 to end of July 2011



15 September 2010: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow appeals for funds in a Public Service Announcement to help children and families affected by the flooding in Pakistan.

GENEVA, 21 SEPTEMBER 2010 - UNICEF today issued a report on the flooding emergency in Pakistan saying that, "with over 10 million children hit by the flooding, the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan is so massive that the actual scale continues to elude the imagination of the public across the world."

Recognising the enormity of the crisis and with needs increasing, UNICEF has revised its appeal to US$ 252.3 million (RM 804.84 million). This amount will cover a 12 month period from August 2010 to end of July 2011. UNICEF at present has a funding gap of US$ 160.8 million (RM 628.73 million).

With more than 20 million people affected, the Pakistan emergency exceeds the combined number of people affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Struggling in the emergency

At the height of the floods, approximately one-fifth of the country was underwater. The flooding has destroyed large tracts of agricultural land and crops within an already food-insecure country.

The UNICEF report notes that some areas of Pakistan, notably Sindh Province, continue to be flooded and hundreds of thousands of people are still being evacuated. In other areas, as flood waters recede, people are moving back to their homes. Livelihoods have been destroyed in areas where people were already struggling to meet their daily survival requirements before the floods.

The emergency is by no means over and the impact of the floods will be felt for years, even decades, says the report.

Humanitarian actions for children

UNICEF's humanitarian operation in Pakistan focuses on water and sanitation, nutrition, health, education and child protection.

In water and sanitation, UNICEF is collectively reaching over 6 million people with a combination of safe water supplies and water treatment for families. This includes water trucking, water treatment plants and repair of wells.

In health, over half a million children under five years of age have been immunised against polio and more than 420,000 children against measles. Key nutrition supplies are reaching over 375,000 children under-five and over 50,000 pregnant and lactating women.

Some 35,000 children have access to educational and recreational services and 26,000 children and women have received psycho-social support.

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Pakistan Disaster Relief Fund
Media Prima Berhad and the New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad have initiated a joint appeal to raise funds for UNICEF's humanitarian operations to protect families who have lost homes, livelihoods and family members in Pakistan’s deadly monsoonal floods. Individuals and organisations in Malaysia interested in making a donation can send a crossed cheque or bank-in/transfer funds. Learn more

For more information, please contact:

Marixie Mercado
UNICEF Geneva
Tel + 41 22 9095716, mmercado@unicef.org

Patrick McCormick
UNICEF New York
Tel + 1 212 326 7426, pmccormick@unicef.org

Kristen Elsby
UNICEF Islamabad
Tel + 92 300 500 2595, kelsby@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

Media Prima-NSTP Pakistan Disaster Relief Fund



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