UNICEF Worry Over Poor Funding For Flood-Hit Pak Children

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Islamabad: UNICEF has expressed deep anguish over poor funding for the flood hit Pakistan children. It said that its appeal for funding for around three million children was still less than what it sought.

It reached less than a third of the USD 39, said a Pakistan-based senior official of the UN body.

“The rains and floods have already claimed the lives of more than 550 children. Without a significant surge in support, we fear many more children will lose their lives,” Unicef Pakistan chief field officer in Balochistan, Gerida Birukila, said.

“The world needs to come together and help the children in Pakistan. Together we can save lives by delivering life-saving health, nutrition and education services to every child in Pakistan who needs it the most,” Dawn newspaper quoted the representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund as saying in Geneva on Tuesday.

She said that next week marked a month since catastrophic floods uprooted more than 3.4 million children from their homes in Pakistan.

The devastating floods since June 14 have left more than 1,545 persons dead and thousands more injured.

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