UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the efforts of the Pakistani government in providing relief to the flood-affected people, and offered United Nations help, if requested. "I would like to extend my condolences to you and to the people of Pakistan for the loss of life and my deep regret for the destruction caused by the recent floods," the secretary-general said in a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif released.

"I commend the efforts undertaken by your government to assist those affected by this disaster. I wish to assure you that the United Nations is ready to provide assistance, if requested by your government."