Thursday, 6 October, 2011 – 13:27

http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/world-ignores-aid-funding-plea-pakistan/5/103488

There is a huge shortfall in emergency funding needed to help families left destitute by recent heavy flooding in Sindh province. Save the Children is one of the few international agencies currently delivering aid in southern Sindh.

At least 3 million children are at risk of malnutrition and disease as world ignores aid funding plea for Pakistan floods, Save the Children warns. Many of these children are still recovering from the worst floods in the country’s history that struck just one year ago.

Only 9% of the �233 million (NZ$470 million) required by the UN’s emergency appeal has so far been raised, prompting fears that millions of people will be left without food and water if more money is not found.

The UN says that food and water supplies could run out in within weeks and is warning that a third of those affected could be without medical care in a month’s time. Emergency shelter supplies will run out in the next few weeks, according to the UN.

At least 5.5 million people have been affected by the flooding after torrential rains caused river banks to burst and overflow in late August. The disaster left 1.8 million people displaced and forced many to flee to roadsides, railway tracks and schools in search of shelter.

Save the Children New Zealand is contributing NZ$100,000 from our own funds to help bring emergency relief to children and their families affected by the latest floods in Pakistan.

Save the Children has so far reached more than 240,000 people with life saving support. We aim to provide support to 1 million people, including 600,000 children in four of the worst hit districts: Badin, Mirpur Khas, Sanghar and Tando Allahyar.

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