UN chief to visit flood-hit Pakistan on Saturday

16:59, August 13, 2010      

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will arrive in Islamabad on Saturday to visit the flood-hit country, the state-run television reported on Friday.

The PTV, quoting official sources, said that the UN Secretary- General will assess losses due to the worst floods in Pakistan in 80 years and oversee flood relief and rescue operations.

The United Nations appealed Wednesday for nearly 460 million U. S.dollars in emergency aid for victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan.

UN Humanitarian Chief John Holmes said the money is needed to help the more than 14 million people affected by the flooding during the next 90 days.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has welcome the visit of the UN Secretary General and said that he is happy that he is visiting Pakistan when the nation is facing the worst floods in the country's history.

UN and Pakistani officials say that floods have killed some 1, 600 people and displaced nearly 20 million others, but the Pakistani government only confirmed that 1,361 were killed and 3.6 million affected till Friday morning.

Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that the devastated floods have taken the country 50 years back, estimating 500 million dollars would be required to meet the damages of the natural calamity.

Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry, will also visit Pakistan on Aug. 18 to review the floods losses and damages, officials said.

Source: Xinhua


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