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UN Says 800,000 Pakistani Flood Victims Only Reachable By Air

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Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The United Nations said 800,000 victims from Pakistan’s worst flooding in decades are stranded in areas that can only be reached by air.

“These unprecedented floods pose unprecedented logistical challenges, and this requires an extraordinary effort by the international community,” John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said in a statement yesterday.

The UN said it needs 40 additional helicopters to deliver aid to people who cannot be reached by land.

“People are in need of food staples to survive [and] there is currently no other way to reach these flood victims, other than by helicopter,” Marcus Prior, spokesman for the World Food Programme, said in the statement.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bill Austin at billaustin@bloomberg.net

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