Pakistan still requires a large amount of flood aid
Dec 13, 2010
Though humanitarian organizations have significantly helped victims of the Pakistani floods, the work remains far from over, U.N. Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos told OneIndia News following a recent visit to Pakistan.
"Only about 50 percent of the waters have receded in that province. There are still small communities that we have not been able to get to because of the nature of the flooding, so the situation remains extremely difficult," Amos told the news source.
Millions of victims received shelter, food aid, emergency healthcare and clean water, reports the news source. According to IRINNews.org, however, many Pakistanis are taking relief efforts into their own hands as well. Some Kalam villagers built a 50 kilometer road to pave the way into neighboring towns for aid materials, while others have rebuilt collapsed bridges. Women have also worked overtime knitting sweaters and quilts for the upcoming cold weather, according to the news source.
The floods began in July during a monsoon and have damaged over 750,000 homes, one fifth of the country, and left an estimated 20 million people suffering in its wake. The U.N. has deemed it the worst humanitarian disaster in recent history.