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WHO warns about humanitarian crisis caused by floods in Pakistan

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the humanitarian situation in flood-devastated Pakistan is likely to worsen.

Flooding in Pakistan has impacted more than 33 million people as a result of historic monsoon rainfall intensified by climate change.

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Japan promised to provide $7 million in urgent aid, Qatar opened an air bridge, and the UN refugee agency organized a huge airlift operation from Dubai.

According to the WHO, more than 1,460 health centres were damaged, 432 of which were completely destroyed, largely in Sindh.

The WHO and its partners have established more than 4,500 medical camps and delivered more than 230,000 quick tests for acute watery diarrhoea, malaria, dengue, hepatitis, and chikungunya.

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According to media reports, the UNHCR is advancing its assistance in Pakistan by organizing a large airlift from Dubai that will concentrate on Larkana and Sukkur.

Nine flights are scheduled; the first three have already arrived, and the remaining five are en route.

Six more planes from Dubai are also planned on Wednesday and Thursday, carrying approximately 5,000 kitchen sets, 400 tarpaulins, and 4,500 sleeping mats.

40,000 sleeping mats, over 15,000 cooking sets, and almost 5,000 multipurpose tarpaulins are also among the aid items.

UN Sec­retary General Antonio Gute­rres is arriving in Islamabad on Sept 9 to assess the damage caused by the floods across Pakistan.



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