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Medical assistance required for 8 million people, UN report on flood

Economic situation expected to have detrimental effect, Dadu, Khairpur, Mirpur Khas still under water

UN agency has said that due to the spreading diseases medical assistance was required for as many as eight million people in the flood-hit areas.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has said that protection services were required by about 13.5 million people and the education of 3.5 million children has been impacted due to the floods.

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The 100-day UNOCHA report has said that waves of water and vector-borne diseases have been unleashed because of flooding and standing water. It further said that millions of people were facing food insecurity, access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

Due to the arrival of winter shelter has been a priority while millions have been stranded waiting for land to dry. The report has further said that survivors have also been returning to their destroyed homes, ruined crops and dead livestock.

According to the report, 33 million people have been affected and 20.6 still needed assistance. It has also stated that despite the flood water has receded in areas of Balochistan and Sindh but Dadu, Khairpur and Mirpur Khas have still been underwater for almost two months.

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According to Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), Pakistan’s economic situation has been expected to have detrimental effects. The PDNA report has been prepared under the Ministry of Planning and Development, Asian Development Bank, European Union, World Bank and United Nations system.

It has further stated that a loss of $15.2 billion has been suffered by the economy while another $16.3 billion were required for rehabilitation. It also stated that due to the floods poverty has increased by four percent with 9.1 million people below the poverty line. It stated that $813 million were required by Pakistan for meeting its needs and $171 million have so far been funded.

13,000 road lengths, 439 bridges and 2.3 million houses have been damaged due to the floods.



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