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According to damage estimates dated August 19, by the Federal Flood Commission, the fatalities were as follows:
Khyber Pakhtunkwa: 1067 (1068);
Sindh: 44 (50)
Gilgit Baltistan: 183
The figures within brackets are those given by Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority. While the Federal Flood Commission has not mentioned any fatalities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the NDMA has said there were 69 fatalities in PoK.
Based on the original figures of nearly 2 crore people affected, the UN had estimated the immediate aid requirements of Pakistan for relief purposes as $ 460 million.
The dramatic projection of the damages suffered by Pakistan by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the US authorities and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quereshi at the special session of the UN General Assembly on August 19 had resulted in pledges worth nearly $ 800 million -- the major pledges being $ 150 million from the US and $ 100 million each from the UK and Saudi Arabia. Only China, which apparently suspected that the Pakistani authorities were exaggerating the estimate of the damages suffered, refrained from increasing its pledge beyond the initial amount of $10 million.
While many governments and the UN Secretary-General let themselves be moved by the dramatic account of the damages painted by Pakistan, non-governmental organisations and individual donors apparently suspected that there was an element of exaggeration in the accounts disseminated by Pakistan abroad. This was one of the factors responsible for their poor contributions.
The Dawn of Karachi wrote on August 22, 'A mix of reasons were being given for the world's sluggish response to the calamity. These ranged from a corrupt image of the government to being a supporter of Taliban. British Prime Minister Cameron's terror export remarks reinforced this perception and made donation collection more difficult. Going through the hostile remarks posted on various websites seeking comments on assisting Pakistan floods reveals that there is hardly any friend of Pakistan in the outside world.'
"Governments are giving donations because of the geopolitical considerations, some multinationals are also donating after being encouraged by different capitals, but Pakistan clearly lacks public sympathy, which is crucial for generating funds," a Western diplomat commented.
The Indian government has done well to make a contribution of $ 5 million as a mark of solidarity with the victims of the floods, which the Pakistani authorities have accepted after some delay. Salman Haider, former Pakistani foreign secretary, has circulated an appeal on behalf of the so-called Balusa group with which the ill-tempered and ill-behaved foreign minister used to be associated, asking the Indian public to donate generously for the flood relief in Pakistan.
Well-wishers of the Pashtuns, Sindhis, Balochs and the Kashmiris of Gilgit Baltistan should appeal to the people to donate instead to India-friendly organisations in Khyber Pakhtunkwa,Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan for use in flood relief.