The United Nations is warning that tens of thousands of earthquake survivors in Pakistan could die of exposure unless they get help before the harsh winter arrives.
U.N. officials have also expressed alarm at the small amount of donations received for the world body's emergency appeal for Pakistan, saying they cannot carry out their operations without the proper funding.
A World Food Program official, Amir Abdulla, WFP regional director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe said the next three weeks are crucial in getting relief to hundreds of remote villages in Pakistan that will be soon be cut off by severe winter weather.
He said more than 50-thousand people have died from injuries from the October 8, earthquake, and another 50-thousand could die of exposure if aid workers cannot reach them before winter.
Wednesday in Geneva, the international community pledged 580-million dollars in quake relief and reconstruction aid for Pakistan, but only 16-million dollars for the emergency flash appeal.