Pakistan is receiving assistance from nations including China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and others as a result of the disastrous flooding.
A UN organization warned that the crisis could make the food shortage in Afghanistan’s neighbor even worse. As the number of flood fatalities surpassed 1,200, international flights delivering new supplies have began landing in Pakistan, officials announced on Friday.
According to the UN Food Program, the situation in Pakistan, which has been a crucial transit country for food aid destined for Kabul, is also anticipated to worsen the food insecurity in Afghanistan’s neighbor. As Sindh prepares for further flooding, evacuations have also started in southern Pakistan.
Where is the aid coming from?
Pakistan has begun receiving international flights carrying fresh supplies as the number of flood fatalities surpassed 1,200, officials reported on Friday. The UN Food Program predicted that the crisis in Pakistan, which has been a crucial transit country for food aid destined for Kabul, will worsen the situation with regard to food insecurity there.
As the province of Sindh prepares for continued flooding, evacuations have also started in the south of Pakistan. The United Nations issued a warning that the floods in Pakistan might significantly complicate attempts to deliver food to neighboring Afghanistan.
Since the Taliban took control of the country last year, when billions of dollars’ worth of assets were impounded and outside help stopped flowing, Afghanistan has been dealing with a severe food crisis. The World Food Program (WFP) of the UN estimated earlier this month that 20 million people, or around half the population, needed urgent food assistance.
According to the WFP, a significant amount of the food aid intended for Afghanistan traveled by road through Pakistan. WFP Pakistan director Chris Kaye told reporters in Geneva that Pakistan “provides a key supply route into Afghanistan.”
“The washed-away roads provide us with a significant logistical difficulty.” Even before the floods, he claimed, 43% of Pakistan’s population was food insecure, making the country’s food situation “severe.”
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