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Aid Comes to Pakistan as Death Toll Tops 1,200

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The crisis in Pakistan is devastating, as floods ravage the country and more than 1,200 people have died. Families are homeless and at risk of disease and starvation.

Military rescue operations helped more than three million people, and planes carrying supplies continued to enter the country. The ninth flight from the United Arab Emirates and one from Uzbekistan landed Thursday night.

More planes from the UAE and Qatar are scheduled to help, and Turkey sent a train carrying food and other essential goods to Pakistan. 

Officials and weather experts say that climate change has caused the unusual monsoon weather and flooding. 

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said earlier this week that the world has to stop “sleepwalking” through the deadly crisis. Guterres is planning to visit Pakistan on September 9 to tour the damage and meet with officials. 

Damages are estimated to be over $10 billion in the impoverished country. 

The United Nations, along with Pakistan, have appealed for $160 million in emergency funds to assist the 3.3 million people who have been evacuated or displaced due to the floods. Over one million homes have been damaged or destroyed. 

Rescue agencies are supplying blankets, plastic sheets and household items to victims. 

UNHCR spokesman Matthew Saltmarsh said, “The scale of the devastation that people face is unimaginable.”

Pakistan has already received aid from China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Uzbekistan, UA. and other countries. The US has offered to help as well. 

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