United Nations will launch international appeal for Pakistani flood victims
The unprecedented monsoon season has affected all four of Pakistan's provinces, triggering flash floods across the country that have affected 33 million Pakistanis, damaged nearly one million homes and killed at least 1,061 people.
Images taken and released by Maxar Technologies on Sunday show high levels of flooding along the Indus River as well as the cities of Rajanpur and Rojhan in the province of Punjab.
Prime Minister Shabaz Sharif on Monday said the government would provide housing to all those who lost their homes.
However, many people displaced by floods say they not only lost their homes but their crops and small shops as well.
Urgent appeal for help
Floods have destroyed more than 150 bridges and numerous roads have been washed away, making rescue operations difficult.
Authorities say they were using military planes, helicopters, trucks and boats to evacuate people from marooned people and deliver much-need aid to them.
However, many survivors complain they were still waiting for help or they received too little assistance from the government after being displaced because of floods. Some people say they got tents but not food.
Pakistan charities were also active in flood-hit areas, and the government says everyone should contribute to help flood victims.
International aid starting to arrive
International aid was reaching Pakistan on Monday, as the military and volunteers desperately tried to evacuate many thousands stranded by widespread flooding driven by the monsoons.
Cargo planes from Turkey and the United Arab Emirates began the international rush to assist the impoverished nation, landing on Sunday in Islamabad carrying tents, food and other daily necessities.
Trucks carrying tents, food, and water arranged by Pakistan were also being dispatched to various parts of the country by the National Disaster Management Authority for tens of thousands of flood victims.
Floods hit during economic crisis
Pakistan is facing one of its worst economic crises. The government says it recently narrowly avoided a default.
On Monday, Canada's federal government announced $5 million in funding for humanitarian assistance to partner agencies on the ground, including food and cash that would go to people in the worst-affected areas.
Earlier Monday, the International Monetary Fund's executive board approved the release of a much-awaited $1.17 billion US ($1.29 billion Cdn) for Pakistan, Information Minister Maryam Aurangez told the AP.
Pakistan and the IMF originally signed the bailout accord in 2019. But the release of the funds had been on hold since earlier this year, when the IMF expressed concern about Pakistan's compliance with the deal's terms under former prime minister Imran Khan's government.
The United Nations will launch an international appeal for Pakistani flood victims on Tuesday in Islamabad.
Last week, the United Nations said in a statement that it has allocated $3 million for UN aid agencies and their partners in Pakistan to respond to the floods and this money will be used for health, nutrition, food security and water and sanitation services in flood-affected areas, focusing on the most vulnerable.
The World Food Programme is appealing for $160 million from donors to immediately provide shelter, food and medicine for the many people in Pakistan who've lost everything in violent floods, says the program's Pakistan director, Chris Kaye.
With files from Reuters
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