Up To 5M Pakistanis At Risk From Floods This Year, U.N. Says
"Up to five million people in Pakistan are at risk from floods this year, partly due to poor reconstruction and the inadequate rehabilitation of survivors who are still reeling from last year's epic deluge, the U.N. said on Wednesday," Reuters reports.
"Since the beginning of March, we have been in close contact with the government to make sure response is up and running and that we are better prepared this year," Manuel Bessler, head of the U.N. emergencies office (OCHA) in Pakistan, said, adding, "The most anticipated scenario is two million affectees and the worst case scenario is five million. We are prepared for these two scenarios" (Bhalla, 6/22).
In related coverage, the Christian Science Monitor examines Pakistan's preparedness for the upcoming monsoon season (Ahmed, 6/22).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.