UN launches 2 billion dollars aid appeal for Pakistan flood victims

11:18, September 18, 2010      

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The United Nations on Friday launched a record appeal of 2 billion U.S. dollars to help millions of flooding victims in Pakistan.

"We simply cannot stand by and watch the immense suffering in a disaster of this scale," said UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos in announcing the appeal.

The world body and its partners are asking member states to provide 2,006,525,183 dollars to provide aid for up to 14 million people over the next 12 months.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( OCHA) said in a statement that the appeal has 483 projects to be carried out by 15 UN bodies and other national and international agencies.

The appeal folds in the United Nations' Aug. 11 call for 459.7 million U.S. dollars, which is now 80 percent funded.

The size of the revised appeal reflects the enormous human and geographic scale of the catastrophe, and the necessity of putting into place the right kind of early recovery, OCHA said.

Previously, the largest natural disaster appeal was issued earlier this year for Haiti, which sought nearly 1.5 billion U.S. dollars.

Source: Xinhua

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