Headed by its Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the UN will review the work to support Pakistan’s efforts after the floods, which have caused enormous damage.
Heavy rains and landslides left more than 1,100 deaths in 2022, including over 350 children; more than 1,600 injured and over 287,000 homes completely destroyed and 662,000 partially destroyed.
“This gigantic crisis requires urgent collective action to help the Government and people of Pakistan in these times of need,” Secretary-General António Guterres had stressed in August 2022.
Last year, the UN and the Pakistani Government launched a response plan valued at more than $160 million dollars, under the name of Pakistan Flood Response Plan 2022, which aimed to cover the needs of 5.2 million people, including items in food security and assistance to agriculture and livestock.
It also promoted support for those affected by providing shelter and non-food items, nutrition programs, primary health services, protection, water and sanitation, among others.
More than a year later, the United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF) warned that some four million infants still need humanitarian aid and access to essential services, as funding shortages continue to hamper recovery.
As of late August, the agency estimated that eight million people, about half of them are children, were still living in affected areas without access to clean water. More than 1.5 million children still require vital nutritional assistance in these districts, UNICEF said.