While assistance is being provided to hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis affected by the country’s worst flooding within memory, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a new report Aug. 12 that relief supplies are reaching only a fraction of the millions who need help. The report says that more than 14 million—nearly one in every 10 Pakistanis—are affected by the flooding, which began in late July due to heavy monsoon rains. The official death toll has risen to 1,343, with 1,588 people now reported injured. At least two million have been left homeless.
The provinces of Punjab and Sindh have been particularly hard hit. The Sindh provincial government has evacuated more than half a million people. The Pakistan Meteorological Department has issued warning of fresh floods in low-lying areas of Sindh along the banks of the Indus River in the coming days. The threat of water-borne disease and dehydration is of increasing concern. (ENS, Aug. 12)