United Nations to launch appeal for Pakistan flood victims

Agency plans to raise $3-4m to assist in relief efforts for disaster that has hit six million people
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This year, floods have destroyed or damaged 1.2 million houses and flooded 4.5 million acres (1.8 million hectares) since late last month, officials and Western aid groups say (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani flood affected peoples evacuate the area of Kaloi district in Tharparkar on September 17, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The United Nation's children agency said it would distribute 200,000 litres of water to 40,000 people daily and deploy 40 more water tankers in coming days, in a bid to ensure access to clean drinking water and avert diseases (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani Navy personnel rescue flood affected peoples from the flooded area of Kaloi district in Tharparkar AFP/Getty Images)
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Nearly six million people have been affected by the floods, according to the IANS news agency (AFP/Getty Images)
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Frustrations with the government are running high. On Wednesday, 80 men blocked the main road to Hyderabad, the biggest city near the flooded areas. They are demanding help from the authorities (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Pakistani woman carries drinking water on her head as she wades through the flooded waters of Kaloi district (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistan, regarded as one of the world's most unstable countries, is haunted by memories of epic floods last year, which brought widespread criticism of the government because of its slow response (AFP/Getty Images)
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More than 800,000 families remain without permanent shelter from the 2010 country-wide floods, aid groups say, and more than a million need food assistance (AFP/Getty Images)
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According to the SANA news agency, incharge of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Pakistan, Fawad Hussein said that the UN will launch an appeal for $3-4m aid till Sunday (AFP/Getty Images)