Pakistani Officials Say Donations Will Reach Flood Victims

Pakistani Officials say all money donated for flood assistance will go to help the victims.

The officials assure international donors none of the funds meant to provide aid to millions of desperate people will fall into the wrong hands.

International aid agencies are struggling to bring relief to many of the 20 million people affected by the catastrophic floods that hit Pakistan about three weeks ago.

Shortages of the most basic supplies — shelter, food and drinking water — presented the biggest challenge for aid workers in Pakistan, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Aid organizations and the United Nations itself have expressed alarm that the plight of millions of Pakistanis flooded from their land has yet to strike a sufficiently sympathetic nerve among donors — neither governments nor the general public — with aid trickling in far more slowly than needed.