12 Aug 2010

UN seeks $459m for Pakistan

6:01 am on 12 August 2010

The United Nations has launched an appeal for $US459 million to help victims of Pakistan's flood disaster, which affects at least 14 million people.

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes says the disaster is one of the most challenging that any country has faced in recent years.

He says the funds will be used for food, clean water, shelter and medical supplies.

Pakistan's ambassador to the United Nations, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, says the situation remains grim.

The BBC repoprts about 1600 people have been killed by the monsoon floods since late July.

The Pakistan High Commission in Wellington says the scale of the disaster is unprecedented.

Syed Ibne Abbas says he's heartened by the generosity of New Zealanders, with the Government already pledging $2 million in aid.

The High Commission has also set up an ANZ bank account in the name of the Pakistani Prime Minister's Flood Relief Fund.