Pakistan joins hands with the UN in an appeal to seek USD 800 million

Pakistan and the United Nations join hands and launch an appeal to seek USD 800 million for rehabilitation of those affected by the recent floods in the country.

Press Trust of India October 04, 2022 19:41:27 IST
Pakistan joins hands with the UN in an appeal to seek USD 800 million

Islamabad: According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations and Pakistan have jointly launched a new flash appeal to raise more than USD 800 million for the rehabilitation of millions of Pakistanis affected by the devastating floods, which have already claimed the lives of over 1,700 people.

The UN has increased its humanitarian request for Pakistan by five times, to USD 816 million from USD 160 million, as part of a new appeal that was unveiled on Monday during a ceremony in Geneva. This is being done in an effort to combat an increase in water-borne diseases that have been reported from various parts of the country that are still suffering from floods.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman stressed the need for urgent medical assistance and timely efforts to save flood victims of Pakistan from the effects of cold weather soon approaching, the foreign ministry said. “The flood affected in Pakistan is facing the real race against time as winter is coming,” the minister said, adding that despite shelters made available for 598,000 people, up to 7.5 million affected population was still scrambling for dry land.

The devastating floods have so far affected 33 million people across the country, claimed over 1,700 lives and destroyed large farms, resulting in a crisis-type situation due to a shortage of essentials. Rehman said that four million people are living in areas where temperatures reach zero and even in warm areas, the mercury drops below 10 degrees Celsius.

She also said that historic rains caused floods that inundated more than one-third of Pakistan. Rehman informed the gathering that 34 districts are still crisis affected even after 16 weeks where many victims were still seeking land hubs for clean water, food and medical assistance and even dry lands in Sindh to bury their dead.

Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths said the people of Pakistan were bearing the brunt of the world’s inaction to face climate change or prepare for its consequences, a report by Radio Pakistan said. Pakistan has not caused this crisis for which they are undeserving victims to need to deliver shelter and essential household items to over two million families, he said, emphasising standing with Pakistan at this difficult hour.

Dr Tedros Adhanom, the chief of World Health Organisation, gave an update on the health situation in the flood affected areas. He said floods have approximately damaged 10 per cent of the country’s health facilities. “Besides, stocks of medicines and medical supplies are limited or have been washed away. We must move together to support Pakistan, he said.

Earlier, in its first flash appeal last month the world body sought USD 160 million for emergency relief operations. However, since then the situation has turned more serious with a rise in the cases of waterborne and vector-borne diseases.

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