UN估计巴洪灾致4百万人无家可归 UN Estimates 4 Million Left Homeless by Pakistan Floods

19 August, 2010








The United Nations says more than 4 million people have been left homeless by devastating floods in Pakistan -- double the previous U.N. estimate.

The latest figures come as the U.N. General Assembly prepares to hold a special session Thursday to discuss the flood response

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to brief the meeting in New York about his visit to Pakistan last Sunday.

U.S. officials say Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce another increase in U.S. flood aid. Her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, is among those also expected to address the assembly.

Washington has already committed about $90 million in relief aid and millions more in aid provided by the U.S. military.

U.S. Senator John Kerry visited flood-damaged areas Thursday, and met with U.S. troops involved in relief operations.

Monsoon rains have triggered massive floods in Pakistan's Khyber-Paktunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh provinces, killing an estimated 1,600 people and affecting 20 million others.