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# ocha - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Syria: 3.1 million children need 'urgent' help

The UN’s Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs believes that the number of displaced residents has doubled in the past few months.

# ocha - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

A further €4.7 million in Irish Aid pledged for humanitarian crisis in Syria Aid

A further €4.7 million in Irish Aid pledged for humanitarian crisis in Syria

The additional Irish Aid funding will go towards to delivering vital assistance – including food, water, sanitation and medical supplies – to more than 700,000 Syrian refugees.

# ocha - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Civilians 'preyed upon' in DR Congo violence, say humanitarian workers

Aid workers say the deteriorating situation in the country has left millions of civilians displaced and vulnerable to exploitation and violence.

# ocha - Friday 13 August, 2010

PAKISTAN’S WORST FLOODING for 80 years looks set to continue as the monsoon season rolls on. The flooding has killed more than 1,600 people so far and forced the evacuation of 2 million from their homes.

Rain continues to pound the country, and the water level of the already-swollen Indus river is expected to rise even higher today. An estimated 14.5 million people are affected by the disaster, which the UN has termed worse than the Asian tsunami of 2004.

Aid agencies are warning that water-borne diseases are now posing a serious threat to the population. The UN says it is providing preventative medication to try to halt the spread of illness among flood victims.

About $1 billion of Pakistan’s crops have been destroyed by the flooding, according to the World Bank. The bank’s president Robert Zoellick said today that the organisation may redirect $900 million in aid to the country.

Government dissatisfaction

Criticism of the government’s response continues to grow, and tension among survivors competing for food is growing, as this video shows:


President Zardari made his first visit to some of the affected areas yesterday, having been heavily criticised for going ahead with state visits to Paris and England during the growing crisis in Pakistan.

The Guardian reports that TV stations in Pakistan which attempted to report an incident during Zardari’s visit to Britain were censored. While the president visited Birmingham, a Pakistani man in the crowd threw a pair of shoes at him in protest at his handling of the flooding crisis.

The shoes missed their target, and the protester was arrested at the scene.

Taliban crisis

The US has been flying relief supplies into Pakistan in an effort to improve public approval for the troops. US military support for Pakistan’s fight against the Taliban in the north of the country has killed civilians in missile attacks intended for Taliban targets.

After the UN called for a surge in donations to assist Pakistan’s recovery, the Taliban called for a boycott of aid from “foreign infidels”. The floods may threaten Pakistan’s ability to cope with Taliban insurgents, as the country’s resources are directed into surviving the flooding and rebuilding the country.

Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN has said that David Cameron’s recent comments concerning Pakistan’s efforts against the Taliban may have hampered fund raising for the flood victims. Cameron suggested the government wasn’t doing enough to tackle the Taliban.

Abdullah Hussain Haroon warns that the Taliban could gain a stronger foothold in flood-stricken areas if they cannot be pushed out with the help of the international community.

# ocha - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

THE ESCALATING FLOODS in Pakistan could eclipse the world’s last three biggest disasters combined, according to the UN. Over 13 million people are now believed to be affected by the flooding, and adverse weather is continuing to hamper aid efforts.

The number of homes destroyed by the floods is estimated to be reaching the same level as January’s earthquake in Haiti. A new warning has been issued to residents in Muzaffargarh, central Pakistan, over fears that swollen rivers could soon submerge the area.

Thousands of people continue to flee the flood-stricken regions. Thirty people are missing after a crowded boat evacuating residents from the Punjab town of Jampur capsized on Sunday.

Facing the crisis: images from Pakistan

Push for aid

The UN is expected to launch a major appeal for international aid shortly. Over $38 million has been donated to date and another $90 million has been promised, but more money will be needed to help the country recover and provide food aid to replace the thousands of acres of crops that have been destroyed.

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) has released a list of articles required from donors which includes boats, tents, generators, and medicines.

Ireland has already pledged €750,000 to help alleviate the crisis. The funding will be divided up between Concern, Trócaire, and the UN. The Irish Rapid Response Corps has been on standby since last week to help in providing expert emergency assistance if requested by Pakistan.

Below is the latest OCHA map depicting the spread of the flooding across the country:

# ocha - Saturday 7 August, 2010

PAKISTAN’S PRESIDENT has met with Britain’s David Cameron as the country issues a ‘red alert’ over further expected flooding. President Zadari defended his decision to travel to Europe after the flood crisis began, saying that his prime minister was keeping him informed of events back home.

Zadari said he had convinced Cameron that Pakistan is doing everything it can to prevent militant group from “exporting terror”. Western ambassadors based in the capital have warned that the floods could impair Pakistan’s fight against the Taliban.

Twelve million people have been affected by the floods, and the death toll has reached over 1,600. Over 500,000 people have been evacuated from the Indus river region as more areas succumb to the rising waters.

This Euronews footage shows the emergency relief operations underway – as more rain falls:

Pakistan’s prime minister has appealed for international aid to help “alleviate the sufferings of flood-affected people.” Irish charity Concern has released half a million in emergency funding for Pakistan, and launched an appeal to raise more money.

The UN Office for the Co-Ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that extensive flood damage to crops may see Pakistan relying on food aid throughout winter. The country is only half-way through its annual monsoon season, and further rain is forecast for the coming days.