UN needs $89 million for Pakistan


There's still a strong need for funds in flood-ravaged Pakistan.


Displaced people fleeing Sindh streamed into Balochistan.

Credit: © Abdul Majeed Goraya_IRIN (UNDP)

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Last week the UN Development Programme (UNDP) released a US$89 million plan to get communities and public services back on track in flood-ravaged Pakistan. While the flooding started in July, the devastation continues as the donations and coverage have been fading.

"Millions of people have lost their livelihoods and their communities to these devastating floods, and they need help now to get back on the road to recovery," said Jordan Ryan, UN Assistant Secretary-General. Ryan is also the Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery and UNDP Assistant Administrator.

1,750 people have died and more than 20.5 million people have been affected by heavy rain and flash flooding over a fifth of Pakistan since July. Millions of homes, and 70 per cent of roads and bridges have been washed away in the devastation.

"With the early recovery initiatives outlined in the Revised Response Plan, millions of affected families will be able to get back on their feet and reclaim their lives," said Ryan.

Every province and local administrations across the country has been affected. Community infrastructure needs to be rebuilt, from roads to health, education and water. The plan would help to restore livelihoods through job creation, repairing community infrastructure, and re-establishing local government offices to get public services running again.

An early recovery program is crucial to establishing infrastructure in the country where many government records and individual's personal documents were washed away. Ownership problems are likely to emerge over what is left of the silt-covered land, equipment and stock.

The UNDP plan outlines three main ways to provide aid to targeted regions:

• Restoring local governance; including access to legal aid, relief, and record and document recovery.

• Reviving agriculture and livelihoods; including rapid employment opportunities, seeds, tools and livestock, or grants for affected businesses.

• Restoring community infrastructure and services; a cash-for-work scheme to repair roads, water facilities, protection walls and community centres.

In response to this appeal, the secretary of state for international development of Britain donated US$110 million yesterday to help reach the UN's total $2 billion target for the Pakistan flood appeal.

To donate, visit the UN Refugee website here.