OUR STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD - The recent floods have badly damaged 80 percent of cash crops including banana, dates, chilli, sugarcane and cotton and a total of 4 million acres of land including 1.7 million acres of cropped land inundated. The fiscal scale of flood incurred damages range into billions and as per initial reports 2.3 million bales of cotton have been destroyed so far, said a press release issued from National Management Disaster Authority (NDMA). The recent floods have disrupted life and destroyed vital infrastructure in Sindh. The health, education and communication infrastructure have sustained substantial damage. In order to assess magnitude and financial impact of the disaster, a high-level team visited flood-hit areas of Sindh , the team comprises of the Chairman NDMA, the Head of UN Mission in Pakistan and other technical and professionals. The NDMA-UN Assessment team held a meeting with Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah. Provincial secretaries & high-ranking officials attended the meeting. The session decided to launch Rapid Response Plan to initiate swift assessment of losses in food, shelter, health, recovery, protection and nutrition. The UN will fulfil the requirements based on the assessments. So far the Federal government, through NDMA, has incurred a financial input of Rs 1.5 billion in the rescue and relief efforts in the affected areas, which will soon reach Rs 7 to 8 billion. To curb the spread of malaria in the affected areas, NDMA arranged an anti-malaria spray with the help of chartered helicopters. The NDMA provided 75,000 additional ration packs and 20,000 more water purification tablets to the flood-hit areas. The Chairman NDMA, Dr Zafar Qadir reiterated the resolve to extend every possible help to the distraught brethren to mitigate their hardships.