There is a huge shortfall inÂ emergency fundingÂ neededÂ to helpÂ families left destitute by recent heavy flooding in Sindh province, says an international charity currently delivering aid in southern Sindh.
Following the worst floods in Pakistan’s history last year, more than three million childrenÂ are at risk ofÂ malnutritionÂ and diseaseÂ asÂ world ignoresÂ aid funding plea for Pakistan floods, says Save the Children Foundation.Â
Only 9%Â of theÂ Â£233 million required byÂ the UN’s emergency appeal hasÂ so farÂ been raised,Â prompting fears that millions of people will be left without food and water if more money is not found.
The UN says thatÂ food and water supplies could run out within weeks andÂ is warning thatÂ a third of those affectedÂ could be withoutÂ medical care in a monthâ€™s time.Â Emergency shelter suppliesÂ willÂ run out in the next few weeks, according to the UN.
The charity says 5.5 million people have been affected by the flooding after torrential rains caused river banks to burst and overflow in lateÂ August.
The disaster leftÂ 1.8 million people displaced andÂ forcedÂ manyÂ to flee to roadsides, railway tracks and schoolsÂ in search of shelter.
The foundation’s New Zealand unit is contributing NZ$100,000 from its own funds to help bring emergency relief to children and their families affected by the floods in Pakistan.
“Save the Children has so far reachedÂ more thanÂ 240,000 people with life saving support,” says the charity in a statement issued in Wellington.
“We aim to provideÂ support to 1 million people, including 600,000 childrenÂ in four of the worst hit districts: Badin, Mirpur Khas, Sanghar and Tando Allahyar. ”
To donate, please visit the Foundation website.