A day after Canada pledged an extra $33 million (on top of $2 million last month) for Pakistan flood relief, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made an urgent request for the world to come to the aid of those affected. Ban Ki-moon said he’s seen many natural disasters but nothing like this, with over 1,500 dead, and 20 million homeless—and with more flooding likely to come. There’s also a growing fear of diseases, including chlorea and malaria. The UN has had trouble reaching their target amount of aid for Pakistan as other nations are not reacting as quickly or as generously as they have with past disasters, including the 2004 tsunami, or the earthquake in Haiti.
Looking for more?
Get the best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.