UN chief commits to doing ‘every little thing doable’ to mobilise help for flood-ravaged Pakistan


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif shakes arms with UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres forward of their assembly at UN HQs on the sidelines of 77th session UN Basic Meeting on September 22, 2022. — PID
  • UNSG Guterres meets PM Shehbaz on sidelines of UNGA.
  • UN chief says Pakistan deserves full help from int’l group.
  • PM appreciates secretary-general’s well timed go to to Pakistan.

United Nations Secretary-Basic António Guterres has vowed to do every little thing doable to mobilise worldwide help and help for the flood-affected individuals in Pakistan.

The UN secretary-general’s dedication got here throughout his assembly with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN Basic Meeting in New York.

The UN chief mentioned Pakistan deserves full and big help from the worldwide group to take care of the aftermath of the cataclysmic floods.

In response, the prime minister appreciated the secretary-general’s well timed go to and affirmation of solidarity with Pakistan within the wake of the climate-induced catastrophic floods.

The united states visited Pakistan earlier this month to precise solidarity with the flood-hit nation.

The prime minister is in New York, the place he’s scheduled to deal with the UNGA session to inform Pakistan’s story of “anguish and ache” to the world. PM Shehbaz has additionally met world leaders other than the us, the place he appealed for assist in mild of the lethal floods.

Following his assembly with the UN chief, the prime minister attended a photograph exhibition with the UN international communication head on the UN headquarters.

“These photographs inform a story of distress, ache, and anguish that 33 million individuals of Pakistan are experiencing for no fault of theirs,” the premier mentioned describing the exhibition.

“Our story wants sympathetic listening to.”

Lots of of hundreds of individuals displaced by the floods live within the open and scores of individuals have died of illnesses and floods because the starting of the monsoon season.

Stagnant floodwaters, unfold over lots of of kilometres, might take two to 6 months to recede. Already they’ve led to widespread instances of pores and skin and eye infections, diarrhoea, malaria, typhoid and dengue fever.

Authorities and support staff have mentioned extra instant assist is required for displaced households uncovered to swarms of mosquitoes and different hazards, comparable to snake and canine bites.

Regardless of the efforts of the federal government and native and international aid organisations, many individuals are in dire want of meals, shelter, medical help and medicines.

With Pakistan’s already weak well being system and lack of help, displaced households have complained of being pressured to drink and prepare dinner with unsafe water.

A historic and intense monsoon dumped about thrice as a lot rain as Pakistan’s three-decade common. Mixed with glacial soften, this precipitated unprecedented flooding.

The deluge, which scientists say was exacerbated by local weather change, has affected practically 33 million individuals within the South Asian nation of 220 million. It has swept away properties, crops, bridges, roads and livestock in damages estimated at $30 billion.

— Extra enter from Reuters

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