Situation in Pakistan still difficult: UN agencies

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The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children's Fund ( UNICEF) have said that the flood situation in Pakistan remains quite critical for some populations, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here on Tuesday.

UNHCR reported particular difficulties in Sindh province of Pakistan where flooding is still taking place after the country was devastated by flooding 11 weeks ago.

"Since mid-August floods there have to varying degrees affected almost a third of the province's 30 million residents and around 1. 6 million people are still displaced," Nesirky said.

The UN refugee agency has assisted nearly 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sindh with tents, plastic sheeting and other relief items.

In a statement released here on Tuesday, UNHCR said that suffering has not abated in other provinces either. The agency remains concerned about 1.7 million refugees and 1.1 million conflict-displaced people in other parts of the country like Baluchistan and Khyber Phaktunkhwa.

Nesirky also told reporters that UNICEF has been hard at work getting Pakistani children back to school.

"UNICEF says that during September more schools have opened up as families return to their villages," Nesirky said. "As of the end of the month, 2,800 schools were still serving as temporary shelters for more than 660,000 people. This is in addition to the almost 10,000 schools that have been damaged by flooding."

Source: Xinhua


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