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Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has appealed to the international community to provide assistance for the millions of people affected by the severe and relentless spell of monsoon rains. The unprecedented rains in the area have wreaked havoc with the lives of millions of people besides causing huge devastation to livestock and standing crops.

Hundreds of people have lost their lives and over 5 million people have been displaced and directly affected by this calamity. Presently, over four million acres of land is under water; 2.5 million acres of crop have been destroyed; and over a million houses have been damaged or washed away. The situation is worsening with forecast of more widespread rains in the area. It is estimated that economic losses caused by these rains could run into billions of dollars.

In the wake of the severity and scale of this natural disaster, urgent humanitarian assistance is required to save lives and continue rescue operations. The most pressing requirements at the moment are for tents, aqua tablets, water purification equipment, food supplies, de-watering pumps and medicines.

President Zardari has appealed to the international community for humanitarian and rehabilitation assistance. The President is also requesting the UN Secretary General to mobilize the international community for urgently needed relief assistance to save precious lives. A team of UN agencies is visiting the affected areas for a needs assessment. The President has also appealed to the people of Pakistan, including the expatriate community to make generous contributions and assist in the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts for millions of their compatriots affected by this natural calamity.

08 September 2011

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