As the United Nations’ General Assembly meets to discuss Pakistan’s humanitarian emergency today, The Elders have called on governments and individuals to respond more quickly and generously to help the millions of people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by the floods.
The situation in Pakistan is deteriorating rapidly. Disease is spreading, little aid is reaching the people and children are particularly vulnerable with as many as 3.5 million at risk of water-borne illness such as hepatitis and diarrhoea.
The United Nations has launched a $460m emergency appeal but only half the money has been pledged. Aid flows are improving but much more is needed and the effort must be sustained in the coming weeks and months.
The Elders do not usually issue joint statements in response to natural disasters, however the scale of the flooding, its disastrous and long term impact on the lives of 15-20 million people, and the relatively weak response to such urgent need, have compelled them to add their voices to the calls for help.