Julien Harneis, Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan, told journalists in Geneva on Monday that there would be an increase in child morbidity, disease outbreaks such as malaria, dengue fever, and increased malnutrition, unless assistance was forthcoming.
The Government needs support to bolster health, nutrition, water and sanitation services across the affected areas of the country, he said.
The flooding has affected 33 million people and reportedly killed nearly 1,700, with 20.6 million now in need, according to the revised UN Floods Response Plan. published on Tuesday.
Around 9.5 million people are being targeted for lifesaving assistance in the expanded response plan, through to the end of May next year.
Some 84 districts nationwide have been “calamity hit”, according to Government figures, mainly in Balochistan, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. At least 7.9 million have been displaced, with nearly 600,000 living in relief camps. There re an estimated 800,000 refugees, including around 400,000 children.
“We need all of these funds, and we need them quickly,” said Mr. Harneis, adding that an international support conference will be held later this year to seek more funding for reconstruction and rehabilitation.
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