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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Pakistan and Ethiopia

29 Aug 2022

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Villagers carrying animal feed wade through flood waters following monsoon rainfalls in Jaffarabad district in Balochistan province, Pakistan on August 24. (Photo credit: Fida HUSSAIN / AFP)

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights - 29 August 2022

Pakistan
 
In Pakistan, the United Nations Country Team, led by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Julien Harneis, is stepping up its response to severe rains and flooding which have killed over 1,000 people, including hundreds of children.

Some 33 million people have been affected in 116 of the country’s 160 districts. Over 993,000 homes, 157 bridges and over 3,500 kilometres of roads have been damaged and over 700,000 livestock have been lost.

Many rivers and dams are at flood levels and the situation is expected to worsen with the ongoing heavy rainfall.

We and our humanitarian partners are supporting the Government-led response. We have already mobilized up to US$7 million including redirecting existing programmes and resources to meet the most urgent needs. 

The ongoing assistance includes food aid and nutrition, medical supplies and services, safe water, maternal health support, vaccination of livestock and shelter. 

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$3 million to the United Nations and partners to provide health, nutrition, food, water, sanitation and hygiene services in the flood-affected areas, 

But much more is needed to help people cope with the worst floods Pakistan has ever seen. Also, we and the Government are planning to launch a Flash Appeal of US$160 million for immediate relief support.

The Appeal is going to be launched tomorrow simultaneously from Geneva and Islamabad.

Ethiopia 

In northern Ethiopia, the humanitarian situation continues to be alarming. There are unconfirmed reports of displacement in frontline areas in Amhara and Afar regions. 

In Amhara, a curfew was imposed in Debark (North Gondar Zone), Dessie (South Wello Zone) and Waldiya (North Wello Zone) from 7pm till 6am, impacting civilian movement, access to medical emergency services, and commercial business.

In Tigray, deliveries of humanitarian supplies by road into Tigray remain suspended since last week (24 August). 

Similarly, the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) to and from Tigray was suspended on 25 August halting the transport of operational cash and movement of aid personnel. 

We and our NGO partners continue providing humanitarian aid to the affected people where security allows. In Tigray, humanitarian partners have resumed distribution of food and other vital humanitarian supplies.

We call on all parties to the conflict to immediately facilitate the resumption of rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian workers and supplies into all northern Ethiopia in accordance with International Humanitarian Law.