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UN: Pakistani flood victims to winter in camps

UN: Pakistani flood victims to winter in camps

Many of the Pakistanis forced out of their homes by devastating floods will have to remain in camps throughout the winter, longer than initially planned, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.
The UNHCR said large tracts of land in parts of the southern Sindh and Balochistan provinces are still under three to four feet (more than a meter) of water.
"Local authorities are looking into how stagnant water can be pumped from villages, but this will be a massive undertaking and it is likely to take time," spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.
Some 3.8 million people have been provided shelter since the flooding that began in the north of the country at the end of July and continued south, according to official figures. Pakistani authorities estimate more than 1.7 million houses were destroyed or damaged.
About 7 million people still need some help with shelter, including those who have returned to homes that still lack proper repairs, according to the International Organization for Migration which has been helping the flood response.
"The immense scale of the disaster continues to pose a huge challenge to the government and aid agencies. We are still a long way from providing shelter to every flood victim," said IOM regional representative Abdel Moneim Mostafa.
The need is especially acute in the southern Sindh province. IOM noted that people in some areas like the Dadu district are still trapped by stagnant pools that have yet to drain away.
The U.N's aid coordination office, meantime, says it still needs $1.1 billion to aid the flood victims. It has so far received just 39 percent of its appeal for $1.9 billion, said spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs.


Updated : 2021-10-17 16:48 GMT+08:00