ISLAMABAD The United Nations cautions that as many as 50,000 people will be affected due to expected outburst of Hunza lake, however the international organisation lacks any vibrant funding mechanism for the relief of these people. The recent UNs humanitarian update shows that an additional 25,000 people are stuck in Hunzas downstream area, besides as many IDPs who were cut off from the rest of Pakistan on January 4 on account of landslide. These statistics show that at least 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) would be directly affected with the expected lake outburst, excluding around five thousand those IDPs that are residing at the outskirts of the lake and would possibly suffer ahead of land erosions and cracks appearing in the spillways sedimentary mountainous areas having close proximity to affected lake. On a tentative note, roughly 55,000 IDPs would bear the brunt of the natural calamity that has been responded to very slackly by the international donors so far. A UN official monitoring humanitarian aid in Pakistan told this scribe the other day that UN was only dealing with the aid that had been provided under this years Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan (PHRP) and no additional provisions were created for Hunza affectees in the wake of massive shortfall of funds. It has also been officially confirmed to this newspaper by the United Nations that no formal arrangements for generating funds for Hunza affectees have been made. TheNation, based on its interactions with some credible UN officials as well as representatives of donor states including those of Japan, Russia, and Saudi Arabia last month, had published that $25 million to $30 million are required for the complete rehabilitation of Hunzas over 25,000 IDPs. However, with the number of IDPs being more than doubled, the humanitarian funding requirements have increased accordingly. While the donors are adamant for the allocation of funds for Hunza IDPs from PHRP 2010, UN does not find it a feasible option to spare funds from the already under-funded this years humanitarian response plan. The lucrative $100 million pledge still falls under the head of committed pledges for humanitarian aid while no mega humanitarian pledges are in the pipeline to be materialised in the days ahead.