UN passes resolution urging support for flooded Pakistan

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) expressed solidarity with flood-battered Pakistan and called on the international community to increase aid to support the country’s recovery long-term.

The assembly passed a resolution that urged the UN to step up efforts to “sensitize the international community” to Pakistan’s needs and “mobilize effective, immediate and adequate international support and assistance.”

Csaba Korosi, President of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, said the UNGA unanimously adopted Resolution 77/1 which will “strengthen the coordination of @UN.” 

“The food situation in the flood-affected parts of the country [Pakistan] is already an undeclared emergency. This is a tragedy of epic proportions,” Korosi said in his address on Friday. 

“Without immediate interventions, its consequences will take us down a path of permanent emergency.” 

Record-breaking floods in the developing South Asian country have affected 33 million people and killed 1,700 or more since mid-June. Nearly 8 million people were displaced, and hundreds of thousands are still living in tents and makeshift homes.

Pakistan and the UN this week jointly launched a humanitarian appeal of $816 million, revising it up five-fold from $160 million, as water-borne diseases and fear of growing hunger pose new danger in Pakistan.

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