A senior United Nations official has called on the global community to urgently step up its response to the floods that have struck Pakistan.

Louis-George Arsenault, director of emergency operations for Unicef in New York, described the lack of support as “quite extraordinary”.

The humanitarian crisis was the largest “in decades”, he warned.

Mr Arsenault spoke as the International Monetary Fund was due to start talks with Pakistani officials in Washington.

The talks on Monday will allow the IMF to assess how best to give help. It says the floods that have struck Pakistan pose a “massive economic challenge” and it will review the country’s budget and financial prospects.

Experts warn of a second wave of deaths from water-borne diseases such as cholera unless flood victims have access to supplies of fresh drinking water.

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