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Pakistan Flood Devastation
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The worst monsoon-related floods in living memory

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A Pakistani flood survivor Kalo Mai takes shelter on railway station in Multan, central Pakistan
A man wades through flood waters, evacuating his children in Sukkur, located in Pakistan's Sindh province
A Pakistani mother carries her children through floodwater in Muzaffargarh flooded in Pakistan.

With an estimated 14 to 16 million people affected by what the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) calls

"The worst monsoon-related floods in living memory"

U.N. launched a humanitarian flash appeal Wednesday seeking 459.7 million dollars for relief efforts in Pakistan.

The number of people affected by the floods, which began nearly three weeks ago on Jul. 22, surpasses that of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the January Haiti earthquake.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the U.N., Abdullah Hussain Haroon, stressed the severity of the disaster, noting that the impact of the floods is expected to lower Pakistan's projected GDP for this year from four percent to one and a half percent.

"Six thousand villages have been wiped off the face of the earth," Haroon said. "You can't get from one area to another — there's no connection. The phones are down. The roads have blown away. It's like going back to primordial history."

He added that the floods had consumed 150,000 kilometres of land, with the number of casualties, estimated by OCHA to be at 1,200, difficult to approximate given the displacement of masses of people as a result of the floods.

According to United Nation 560,000 people still need emergency shelter and 2.7 million children still need urgent, life-saving care. And in Sind, as stated by Sindh Government about 0.5 Million people till to date remain in need of food and other assistance.

With the flood-related destruction of roads and bridges throughout the country, physical access remains the greatest challenge in the relief effort.

Nishat Welfare Organization has survey about 250 Villages and provided them medical assistance. The rescue teams of NWO are continuously motivating the people to evacuate the flood affected areas. About 1000 families evacuated by NWO team and provided them save shelters.

NWO immediate concern is giving immediate aid to people when they need it.