KARACHI Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday said that 50 per cent flood affectees in Sindh are still facing hardships and are in acute need of shelter, food and other relief goods. The CM informed the UNDP that half of the total flood affected people are still in camps and now the situation is very crucial, while all countries be approached to come forward and extend further help and assistance, so as to meet the needs of affected people. Holding a meeting with a delegation of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the Chief Minister House, the CM Sindh supported the proposal of UNDP for holding a Seminar thereby inviting the concerned representatives of foreign countries, to be organized jointly by Government of Sindh and UNDP. He opined that before holding of seminar, the pros and cons of the conference must be perused and efforts so that the effects are prominently coordinated. Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that the floods have destroyed the infrastructure thus affected houses, educational and health institutions. He said that special measures were made for rescue and relief work while the rehabilitation and reconstruction is continuing and requires help from donor agencies. He said that there was over all loss of $4.2 billion while the provincial government has made adequate arrangements with expenses of over 45% resources. The Chief Minister discussed the situation prevailing in the province after heavy floods, which damaged most of the districts of province and more that seven million people were badly affected. He appreciated the role of United Nations and specifically the efforts of the Secretary General who apprised the world nations to come forward and help the affected people of Pakistan, who were facing hardships, due to devastation and disasters caused by the floods. Sindh Minister for rehabilitation Haji Muzaffar Ali Shujra, Advisor to C.M for Planning & Development Qaisar Bengali and Chief Secretary Sindh Ghulam Ali Pasha briefed the meeting about work so far done about rehabilitation and reconstruction of flood affected people and areas in the province of Sindh. It was informed that half of the total affected people are still in camps and now the situation is very crucial. They appreciated the role of UNDP which has put the resources from donor agencies to help the affectees. It was informed that the UNDP team went various areas particularly in Thatta district and met the persons of various departments, and industrialists. It was further informed that post flood issues have been discussed in detail and further line of action is being evolved. Deputy Country Director - Programmes UNDP Jean Luc Stalon, expert UNDP Thomas Gurtner, Country representatives British Red Cross John English, CEO British Red Cross Sir Nicholas Young, UNOCHA Dr. Salman Safdar and UNDP representative Dr. Hafiz Pasha informed the meeting that United Nations Organization (UN) has mobilized the world people and approached the concerned person for providing assistance for flood affected people. It was informed that the UNDP generated financial assistance worth $ 1 billion, out of which $ 300 million have been provided for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction works. They further said a special case will be forwarded to various countries for further help. They said that it was the Sindh Government which initiated efforts in this regard while the UNDP has extended support. They also lauded the courage of Chief Minister Sindh and appreciated the planning of rehabilitation and further stressed need of more coordinated efforts.