Two million children in Pakistan’s areas devastated by summer floods are still out of school, the UN Children’s Fund said.
The floods, which began in mid-June, damaged or destroyed nearly 27,000 school buildings, Unicef said, adding that it will likely take weeks or months for the floodwaters to fully subside.
In some places, the roofs of school buildings are just beginning to grow, it said.
Almost overnight, millions of children in Pakistan lost family members, homes, safety and education in the most traumatic of circumstancesRobert Jenkins, Unicef
The record-breaking floods – which experts say have been made worse by climate change – killed 1,735 people and displaced 33 million people across Pakistan, mostly in the hard-hit provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.
According to Pakistani officials, 647 children were among the victims of the floods.
Unicef’s education chief Robert Jenkins visited some of the flood survivors on Thursday and later said it was unclear when the children, who are still missing classes, will be able to go back to school.
“Almost overnight, millions of children in Pakistan lost family members, homes, safety and education in the most traumatic circumstances,” he said.
Unicef has set up more than 500 temporary learning centers in flood-hit areas, providing support and school supplies to teachers and flood victims.
Pakistan has also asked the international community to increase aid to survivors of the country’s floods, now threatened by the approaching winter.
On Wednesday, China announced an additional £60.4 million in aid to Pakistan, bringing China’s flood aid to Pakistan to £133.2 million. The announcement came during Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s visit to Beijing.
China has so far been the largest contributor to the response to Pakistan’s floods, followed by Washington, which has contributed £86.2million in aid since June. The World Bank has estimated the floods have caused £35.5 billion in damage.
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