US envoy says billions needed for Pakistan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 19, 2010 23:18

UNITED NATIONS – A top US envoy said Thursday that "many billions" of dollars will be needed to rebuild Pakistan after the worst flooding in living memory has left one-fifth of the country inundated with water and devastated the economy.

Richard Holbrooke, the US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, said the United States was the first and largest contributor, and he challenged other countries, especially Pakistan's close ally China, to "step up to the plate."

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Chinese have increased their cash assistance, supplied relief goods and taken responsibility for providing food, water and shelter to some 27,000 people in an inaccessible area in the north "so if you put this all together, it's substantial."


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