United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday that while he has visited sites of natural disasters around the world, he has never seen anything like the devastation created by flooding in Pakistan.
"The scale of this disaster is so large -- so many people and in so many places, in so much need," Ban said, speaking alongside Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari. Nearly one in 10 Pakistanis -- up to 20 million people -- have been affected in some way by the floodwaters, which have ravaged one-fifth of the country, he said.
U.N. agencies along with other humanitarian organizations are scrambling to provide emergency aid, he said. Ban said he is allocating a further $10 million from the U.N.'s Central Emergency Response Fund, making $27 million allocated since the crisis began.