KARACHI (APP) - The United Nations will begin its multi-million dollar humanitarian assistance programme in cooperation with Pakistan Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in interior of Sindh province from today (Sunday). The assistance has been divided into four cluster sectors including shelter, food, health care, water and sanitation, said John Ging, Director for UN Humanitarian Coordinator while addressing a Press conference here after attending a meeting with the PDMA official of Sindh Chapter. He said the UN team was here in response to a call by President Asif Ali Zardari for humanitarian assistance and the UN was very much concerned over loss of life, property and damage to infrastructure, besides, livestock and crop. UN teams presence will boost the moral of the govt to rescue the rain-hit rural population, he added. The Director said that 71,000 families needed to be provided food on priority basis and that the campaign in this regard will be launched from today (Sunday) in the affected areas. John Ging said that UNs sister agencies including UNICEF will ensure supply of one million medical kits. Presently the UN and PDMA have worked out a strategy to utilise the stock of existing supplies which were not utilised last year, he maintained. On the occasion, Chief Secretary Sindh, Raja Mohammed Abbas said that 70,000 tents and 180,000 bags of ration have been supplied. He said that so far 172 people have died for one reason or the other and their families will be given reasonable compensation. Raja Abbas said that Rs 600 million have been released to all the districts to meet their immediate financial needs. He said the Army and Navy were also playing leading role to rescue people and provide them relief. We are planning a detailed survey also with the help of UN, PDMA, Army and Navy, he added.