A Turkish diplomat, who is the special envoy of United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has said that some 165 thousand Pakistani people had still been living under extremely difficult conditions in 243 refugee camps following last year's flood disaster.
In an exclusive interview with the A.A, Rauf Engin Soysal, who was appointed as the secretary general's special envoy for assistance to Pakistan, said, "torrential rains in July and August affected one fifth of Pakistan leaving more than 2 thousand people dead and 14 million others homeless and destitute. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Pakistan on September 7 and requested the international community to give a helping hand to flood survivors. The UN estimated that Pakistan needed 1.9 billion USD to recover from the disaster. We have collected 1.1 billion USD so far."
"The worst hit area is Sindh province in southern Pakistan, where more than 7 million people were affected during the height of a flood disaster. There are around 165 thousand people living under extremely difficult conditions in 243 refugee camps. Bad weather conditions have added their misery," he said.
Soysal was appointed by Ban as his special envoy for assistance to Pakistan on September 27, 2010 while he was serving as deputy undersecretary of Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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