It could take Pakistan three or more years to recover from the major floods that have affected the country over the past few weeks, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari said, Reuters/MSNBC.com reports (8/24).
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International donors have pledged more than $800 million to help Pakistan deal with severe flooding after the U.N. appealed for $460 million in aid, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the country’s foreign minister, said on Sunday, the Associated Press reports. “The total commitments and pledges that Pakistan has got so far are $815.58 million,” Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad. “In these circumstances, when the West and Europe and America are going through a recession … this kind of solidarity for Pakistan, I think, is very encouraging,” he said (Khan, 8/22).
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The U.S. and other donor nations “significantly upped their pledges” of aid for the flooding in Pakistan during a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Thursday, in which the U.N. “appeared to [meet] its target of $460 million in immediate aid for flood-stricken Pakistan,” the Associated Press reports.
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