Global community steps up aid to help flood-ravaged Pakistan


Islamabad: As catastrophic flash floods continue to claim lives and cause destruction in Pakistan, the global community has stepped up to help the victims.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Iran after receiving phone calls from their leaders in which they promised urgent help for the victims. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed the hope that the world will donate generously in response to the UN’s flash appeal for floods in Pakistan scheduled for August 30 to meet the urgent needs of the people.

The US, UK, China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, EU, UN and others generously contributed to the disaster appeal, but Pakistani officials say more funds are needed to respond to the floods which have affected around 30 million people, or 15% of Pakistan’s population. population. The World Bank announced funding of $350 million.

Large scale devastation

Pakistan is appealing for immediate international assistance as flash floods have killed more than 1,000 people, including more than 300 children. The devastating floods have destroyed nearly a million homes, caused the loss of crops and livestock, washed away roads and bridges, and left millions of people without shelter, food, electricity and internet. Deadly floods have claimed 119 more lives in Pakistan in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 1,033 since mid-June, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said. Economic losses are estimated at more than $4 billion to date.

Rescue teams working on the ground say tens of thousands of people still need to be evacuated to safe places and hundreds are awaiting medical treatment. Food and clean water are urgently needed in remote areas, while tents and shelters are desperately needed as people are homeless and living in the open.

UAE President orders humanitarian aid

The President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Saturday ordered the dispatch of emergency aid of 3,000 tons of food as well as tons of medical supplies, tents and materials for shelters. . UAE relief teams will also support Pakistani institutions to meet food, medical and logistical needs. The Emirates Red Crescent Society (ERC) has also provided assistance to ensure that the basic needs, such as food and shelter, of thousands of families are met.

The president also phoned Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and offered his condolences and sympathy to the victims. He wished a speedy recovery to the injured and a speedy return of the displaced to their regions, praying to Almighty Allah to protect Pakistan. During the conversation, Sheikh Mohamed underlined the solidarity of the United Arab Emirates with the government and people of Pakistan in the face of the repercussions of these difficult climatic conditions and its keenness to provide them with all possible forms of support, WAM reported.

In turn, Sharif thanked the UAE President for emergency relief and humanitarian assistance.

Displaced families receive food and take shelter by the side of a road after fleeing their flood-hit homes on the outskirts of Peshawar on August 28, 2022.
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UN allocates $3 million in funds

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated $3 million to UN agencies and their partners in Pakistan to respond to the floods. This aid “will be used for health, nutrition, food security, water and sanitation services in flood-affected areas, focusing on the most vulnerable”.

The EU allocates 1.8 million euros

The European Union (EU) has announced aid of 1.8 million euros for Pakistan, said Riina Kionka, EU ambassador to Pakistan. “Aid funding will assist affected people in some of the hardest hit districts in Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces,” the statement said. This aid of 1.8 million euros is in addition to the 350,000 euros previously allocated for those who have lost their homes and who are in urgent need of assistance.

UK announces £1.5m

The UK has announced it will provide emergency humanitarian aid of up to £1.5million for relief efforts in areas worst affected by the floods. Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State for South and Central Asia, North Africa, the UN and the Commonwealth, said: “We are witnessing the catastrophe that climate change can bring and its impact on the most vulnerable. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families. »

US sends $1 million in aid

The United States announced a new $1 million grant to support Pakistan’s efforts to respond to flooding that has caused heavy loss of life and property across the country. In a tweet, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “We stand with Pakistan in difficult times and offer our support to flood victims. In addition to $100,000 in immediate relief, the United States announced $1 million to build resilience against natural disasters.


Displaced people float salvaged goods from flood-affected homes in a flooded area on the outskirts of Peshawar.
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China sends 25,000 tents, $300,000 in cash

China announced that it will provide a batch of emergency humanitarian supplies, including 25,000 tents and other relief supplies, as well as $300,000 in emergency cash assistance from the Chinese Red Cross to the people affected by the floods in Pakistan. China earlier sent 4,000 tents, 50,000 blankets and 50,000 waterproof sheets, which were delivered to people in need. The All Pakistan Chinese Enterprise Association (APCEA) has donated Rs 15 million to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund.

Saudi aid

Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief sent 100 emergency relief trucks carrying 950 tonnes of food to 17 flood-affected districts in Pakistan. According to Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, the third aid shipment since the start of the monsoon season included 10,000 food parcels, which would benefit more than 70,000 people.

Turkey sends 2 planes loaded with relief items

The Turkish government said it sent two planes full of relief materials to flood victims on the instructions of Turkish President Erdogan. The first batch of humanitarian aid has been sent to Jafarabad district in Balochistan. “We are delivering the humanitarian aid, consisting of tents, food, baby food and hygiene packages included in the first batch to the flood-affected area,” Turkey’s Disaster Management Presidency said and emergencies (AFAD).

Azerbaijan and Qatar pledge their support

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has ordered his government to provide $2 million in aid to Pakistan to help it deal with unprecedented flooding. The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has allocated $100,000 (QR365,000) from its Disaster Response Fund to assist flood victims, mitigate the impact of the disaster and respond to their basic needs.


People gather next to a stretch of road damaged by flood waters following heavy monsoon rains in Midian region in Pakistan’s northern Swat Valley on August 27, 2022.
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Canada and France extend their support

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country is supporting Pakistan through the UN CERF and the Canadian Red Cross to provide food, clean water and other essential services as quickly as possible. French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed solidarity with flood victims in Pakistan and said his country is ready to come to the aid of flood-affected families.

Pakistani government leading humanitarian response

Prime Minister Mohammad Shehbaz Sharif called an emergency meeting of all provincial governments to review the flood situation and formed committees to speed up relief operations in flood-hit areas. Committees headed by federal ministers and coalition party leaders will oversee the distribution of relief items including rations, tents, drinking water and medicine to those affected.

The Pakistani government is leading the humanitarian response for people in the affected areas and has pledged 25,000 rupees ($112) in immediate cash assistance.

The government is also paying 1 million rupees ($4,515) to the families of those killed in the floods, 250,000 rupees ($1,128) for injuries and for partially damaged houses and 500,000 rupees ($2,258) for houses destroyed. Finance Division of Pakistan has already paid 28 billion rupees to Benazir Income Support Scheme (BISP) to compensate each beneficiary and 5 billion rupees has been paid to NDMA to compensate flood victims.


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