The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$9.9 million to help flood-hit communities in Pakistan’s Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh Provinces. Since August 2012, floods caused by heavy monsoon rains have affected 5 million people and destroyed over a million acres of crops and nearly half a million homes. Some 250,000 people have been forced from their homes and are living in camps.
UN agencies and non-governmental organizations will receive the CERF funding to support Government-led relief and recovery efforts. Millions of people are expected to receive food, water, shelter, blankets and emergency healthcare including malaria, dengue and cholera treatments. Aid organizations are concerned that more suitable shelter will be needed to keep people warm as winter draws on.