The world has been witnessing devastation by water caused all over the world that would would call these natural disasters incidents an act of God…this past year we have witness mother nature ravage Haiti and Pakistan being the latest victims amongst other states and countries. Is the world coming to an end? I can only wonder? #Justaying lets send prayers to the people of #Pakistan….may God help them!
GENEVA, August 31 (UNHCR) – UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has appealed for greater public support for efforts to provide humanitarian relief to the millions of people whose lives have been devastated by the floods inundating much of Pakistan.
In a video message released today, the actress points to the sheer scale of the disaster. “One-fifth of Pakistan is under water… and the threat of disease now looms for 20 million affected people. This is not just a humanitarian crisis, it is an economic and social catastrophe. UNHCR is on the ground. The more support we can give, the greater number of tents, food, clean water and medicine will get to the people in need,” she says.
UN refugee agency teams in Pakistan have provided shelter and other emergency supplies to hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the disaster. But with nearly 20 million people estimated to have been affected, the needs of the victims are outpacing the ability of humanitarian organizations to provide assistance. Last week UNHCR revised upwards its global appeal for the Pakistan flood operation to US$120 million from US$41 million.
Angelina Jolie has visited Pakistan on 3 previous occasions since becoming a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 2001. At the outbreak of the current crisis she donated US$100,000 to the agency for its assistance work in the country.
The floods, more devastating than the ones in the 70s, are said to have effected round about 130 million and a death toll of more than 800.. It destroyed homes, businesses, infrastructure, roads and everything else in its way.
The country’s top meteorologist said on Wednesday that the floodwater’s that have ravaged Pakistan will not recede fully until the end of August. The floods in Pakistan have submerged tens of thousands of villages, killed around 1,500 people and affected 20 (m) million others, authorities say.