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UN chief concerned with recent flooding in Pakistan

(Xinhua)

14:00, September 16, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here Thursday that he "is concerned about" recent flooding in Pakistan, which has reportedly killed at least 233 people and affected more than five million people, and further called for world's "continued solidarity" in support of disaster management and risk reduction in Pakistan.

Ban, in a statement issued here by his spokesman, said that he "is concerned about recent flooding in Pakistan that has affected more than five million people, with over one million homes damaged or destroyed and four and half million acres of land flooded."

The secretary-general "is worried about the situation in the southern part of Sindh where people are in urgent need of food, shelter, safe water and access to health services," the statement said.

Heavy rains and flooding have killed at least 233 people in Pakistan, reports said, adding that at least 5.5 million people have been affected by the flooding since August.

"The secretary-general commends the government of Pakistan's response to these challenges and reiterates the United Nations continued commitment to support the government in its current efforts to address the needs of the population," the statement said.

"Following the generous response of the international community to his appeal to assist Pakistan during the devastating floods of last year, the secretary-general further calls for continued solidarity of the international community in support of disaster management and risk reduction in Pakistan," the statement added.

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