UN says millions without help in Pakistan floods

August 17, 2010 12:09

SUKKUR, Pakistan — Many of about 20 million people affected by flooding in Pakistan have yet to receive any assistance despite a growing international relief effort, the UN said Tuesday as authorities warned that the swollen Indus River may burst its banks again in coming days.

The country is reeling under one of its worst-ever natural disasters, testing the already shaky government just as the United States wants it to focus on the war against al-Qaida and the Taliban. About a fifth of the country has been affected since the floods began three weeks ago.

Local charities and international agencies have rushed food, water, shelter and medical treatment to the worst-hit areas in the northwest and Punjab and Sindh provinces. But aid agencies and the British government have complained that the international response to the disaster has not been generous enough.

The World Bank said it would provide $900 million to Pakistan to help it rebuild from the floods. A bank statement said the money was being redirected from ongoing and planned projects in the country but did not say whether it was a loan or a gift.

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