Pakistan Flood Relief
Devastating rains and flooding has affected more than 15 million people in Pakistan. The official death toll is around 1,500 but the true number of people killed in the disaster may turn out to be higher, Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon told the U.N. General Assembly at the end of a two-day conference on aid for Pakistan.
"We don't yet know how many are dead and how many have perished," he said. "We can only hold our breath and hope that the casualty figures have been fewer."
About one third of Pakistan has been hit by floods spawned by torrential rainfall. More than 4 million Pakistanis have been left homeless by nearly three weeks of floods.
With 6 million children affected—3.5 million of them in desperate need—time is of the essence in delivering lifesaving supplies.
With the number of people affected by the flooding exceeding the number of people affected by the 2004 tsunami, the Haiti earthquake and the recent earthquake in Pakistan combined, more funding is urgently needed.
Learn more about the Pakistan flood crisis and how you can aid in disaster relief efforts for children.