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UN starts relief works in flood hit provinces

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A volunteer uses a small boat to evacuate local residents in a flood-hit area of Nowshera. -AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Head of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Manuel Bessler said that after launching relief efforts in seven districts of Balochistan, the UN has started relief operations in 29 flood affected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

Bassler said that there is no need for international help; however, the final decision will be taken after a complete scenario of the issue.

“There is flood situation in 36 districts which affected 5.5 lacs peoples,” he added.

Bassler said that the Pakistan Army is transferring peoples to safer places by boats and helicopters, however, more efforts are also needed. Different UN agencies are making every effort to provide food, medicines and shelters to homeless peoples.

Bassler said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is worst affected from rains and floods. Four lacs peoples from Peshawar, Charsadda, Noshehra, Swat and from other 25 districts are severely hit by the rains and floods. The UN is making all efforts for the relief of the affected people. -DawnNews



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