US envoy says billions needed for Pakistan
Thursday, 19 Aug, 2010
Richard Holbrooke, the US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, told the Asia Society that the United States was the first and largest contributor, and he challenged other countries, especially Pakistan's close ally China, to ''step up to the plate.''
He spoke ahead of a high-level meeting of the U.N. General Assembly later Thursday to spotlight the South Asian country's immediate need for $460 million for food, shelter and clean water.
The floods have submerged tens of thousands of villages, killed around 1,500 people and affected more than 20 million others, authorities in Pakistan say. -AP
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