This funding will help prevent waterborne diseases and epidemics, and provide nutritional supplements, clean water and reproductive health care to the most vulnerable, as well as food. for cattle.
Allotted by United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths, who is in Pakistan to assist with the response.
Solidarity and support
“Everybody in Pakistan is living through the world’s worst climate nightmare,“I said.
“They have endured a record heat wave that has claimed many lives this year, and now catastrophic flooding. Everyone in Pakistan deserves it climate justice, solidarity and international support from the world as they deal with this latest climate tragedy”.
This latest allocation brings CERF support up to $10 million, after disbursing $3 million last month.
Last week, the United Nations launched a $160 million appeal to help Pakistan deal with floods that have killed about 1,400 people, including hundreds of children.
Millions of people affected, livestock lost
Overall, about 33 million people have been affectedand access to many vulnerable communities has now been cut off as hundreds of bridges and thousands of kilometers of roads have been destroyed or washed away.
Flooding has destroyed more than half a million homes and more than 660,000 people are now living in camps. Many others are displaced in host communities.
In addition, more than 750,000 pets – an important source of income for many families – have died. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) further reported that 1.2 million hectares of farmland in Sindh province alone was damaged.
Fear of disease outbreak
Health officials warn that people and livestock affected by the floods are just days away from outbreaks of diseases and water-borne diseases.
To date, the UN and humanitarian partners have supported the Government’s response with food aid for more than 400,000 people and clean water for 55,000, in addition to supporting 51 mobile healthcare clinics.
Recovery and resilience
Support for recovery and recovery is now a priority as families grapple with the loss of their homes, livestock and food, and the country grapples with enormous damage, the agency said. for infrastructure, agricultural land and crops.
“The people of Pakistan need not only immediate help but also long-term support to restore their livelihood Rathi Palakrishnan, Officer in Charge and Deputy Country Director of WFP said.
Food and logistical support
To date, WFP has distributed food assistance to more than 400,000 people in three provinces and continues to expand operations across the country.
Specialized nutritional foods are being provided to 31,000 young children and 28,000 pregnant and lactating women.
The agency is also strengthening the government’s logistics capacity to ensure there is no disruption to humanitarian supply chains.
Once the initial relief response is completed, WFP will immediately implement restoration programs to improve community infrastructure, create livelihood opportunities, and enhance resilience, in conjunction with transition. cash-based funds, until early next year.
The expansion required $152 million, up from the $34 million that was originally planned as part of the United Nations appeal.