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UN passes resolution calling for support for flooded Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations General Assembly on Friday expressed solidarity with flood-stricken Pakistan and called on the international community to step up aid and maintain the political will to support the country’s long-term recovery.

The assembly adopted a resolution which underlined all these points. He also urged the UN to step up its efforts to “sensitize the international community” to Pakistan’s needs and “mobilize effective, immediate and adequate international support and assistance”.

Record flooding in the developing South Asian nation has affected 33 million people and killed 1,700 or more since mid-June. Nearly 8 million people have been displaced and hundreds of thousands are still living in tents and makeshift shelters.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who saw some of the damage himself during a visit last month, reminded the assembly of the losses: more than 2 million homes damaged or destroyed, while crops and livestock were ravaged. He said the disaster could push more than 15 million people into poverty.

Meanwhile, the UN has also sounded the alarm over the possibility of a second crisis of waterborne and other diseases amid the flood, which has damaged many health facilities in Pakistan.

“The situation is going from bad to worse,” António Guterres told the assembly. “Pakistan is on the brink of a public health catastrophe.”

The UN has appealed for $816 million to fund aid to Pakistan through May, but António Guterres said the sum “palms compared to what is needed on all fronts”.

The world body and the Pakistani government are planning an international support conference to increase contributions.

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