The United Nations is asking the world's governments and humanitarian groups to donate $2 billion to help the millions of victims of Pakistan's floods.
The appeal is being described as the biggest single request for disaster-recovery aid ever.
Previously, the largest appeal for disaster relief was the $1.5 billion requested by the UN for victims of the devastating January earthquake in Haiti.
Speaking on September 17, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the Pakistan floods the "worst natural disaster" that the United Nations has had to respond to in the world organization's 65-year history.
"Simply put, helping the 20 million people affected will be a test of our collective humanity,” Ban said.
The UN Office For Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs said the $2 billion is intended to be used to help 14 million people in Pakistan over the next year.
The Pakistani floods, according to official tallies, have left less than 2,000 people dead. But the disaster has exposed more than 20 million people to homelessness, malnutrition, loss of livelihood, and potential epidemics.
compiled from agency reports