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Pakistan Aid Supply Short As Desperation Rises

Wednesday, 18 Aug 2010 08:30 AM


LAHORE, Pakistan — With disastrous flooding threatening to spread, the United Nations acknowledged Wednesday that the shortage of the most basic supplies — shelter, food and drinking water — presented the biggest challenge for aid workers in Pakistan, according to The New York Times.

The assessment came after reports of looting and protests over food on Tuesday, deepening the sense of desperation across Punjab Province, the country’s most populous region and its agricultural hub.

In the absence of help from outsiders or the government, flood survivors told stories of taking the search for aid upon themselves, swimming to dry areas to find food for people still marooned and waiting for rescue.

As many as 8.5 million people in Punjab have been affected, and property damage is in the hundreds of millions of dollars, the province’s chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif, told reporters. Punjab’s provincial cabinet met Tuesday and ordered development funds to be used for emergency aid.

Maurizio Giuliano, a spokesman for the United Nations relief effort in Pakistan, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday that the biggest problem for the relief effort in much of Pakistan was not access to stricken areas but shortages of relief supplies.


Read the entire story at nytimes.com

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