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UNICEF says 1.5 million Pakistani children need aid after 2022 floods

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says 1.5 million children in Pakistan still need humanitarian aid, a year after record floods in the country.

About four million children have no access to clean drinking water, it said.

“Vulnerable children living in flood-affected areas have endured a horrific year,” Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF’s representative in Pakistan, said in a statement.

He added, “Recovery efforts continue, but many remain unreached, and the children of Pakistan risk being forgotten.”

The organisation also warned of a shortfall in funding for relief efforts.

In the summer of 2022, Pakistan suffered record floods that, at times, submerged a third of the country, killing more than 1,700 people, according to official figures.

A humanitarian crisis followed the floods.

According to a World Bank report, 33 million people in the South Asian country were affected.

Given the monsoon season, Pakistan is bracing for new floods.

However, the weather service expects less rain this year than in 2022.

(dpa/NAN)

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