UN To launch Several Hundred Million Dollars Appeal For Flood-Hit Pakistan

The United Nations is expected to launch an appeal for several hundred million U.S. dollars Wednesday for flood-hit Pakistan, a UN spokesperson said here on Tuesday. "An emergency response plan and an appeal for several hundred million dollars will soon be issued to respond to immediate needs following the floods in Pakistan," said UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky here at a daily news briefing, reiterating Monday's call by the UN secretary-general for urgent humanitarian assistance in the region. The appeal is expected to be launched in New York on Wednesday by UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes and by representatives of the government of Pakistan, said Nesirky. "The UN relief agencies are concentrating on the six million persons in direct need of humanitarian assistance," Nesirky said, highlighting that according to initial estimates, more than 290, 000 homes have been damaged or destroyed in the floods.