The United Nations said today that emergency food aid for flood-ravaged communities in Pakistan will end in January after an appeal for funds had received only a third of its target.
Pakistan was battered by unprecedented summer monsoon rains that left a third of the country under water, damaged two million homes and killed more than 1,700 people.
“Ensuring food security for those affected by the rains in the coming days and weeks remains a major concern for us,” Julian Hernes, the UN Resident Coordinator for Pakistan, told a news conference in the capital.
The UN appealed for more than $816 million but said its agencies and other nongovernmental organizations had received only $262 million from international donors.
“It’s very worrying because other emergency responses around the world get a much higher percentage of response and we’re not getting that funding here,” Harneys said.
Chris Kaye, director of the United Nations World Food Program’s mission in Pakistan, said that on January 15 the funds for Pakistan would run out.
“We have a big and frankly, I think a very serious crisis ahead of us in 2023 unless we get the necessary support,” he said.
Kaye said the number of people in need of life-saving food assistance would rise to 5.1 million during the winter from the four million previously identified.
Between eight million and nine million have been pushed below the poverty line by the floods.
The monsoon washed away large swathes of crops, with many already impoverished families losing their livelihoods.
While most of the flood waters have receded, some houses remain submerged, leaving families living on high streets or in displacement camps.
The United Nations said some have been forced into child labour, child marriage or trafficking.
Pakistan ranks high in the ranking of countries most vulnerable to extreme weather due to climate change, but accounts for less than one percent of global greenhouse gases.
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