UN chief commits to doing ‘everything possible’ to mobilise support for flood-ravaged Pakistan
- UNSG Guterres met Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on the occasion of UNGA.
- The head of the United Nations says that Pakistan deserves the full support of the international community.
- The Prime Minister appreciated the timely visit of the Secretary General to Pakistan.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has vowed to do everything possible to mobilize global support and aid. People affected by floods in Pakistan
This determination of the Secretary General of the United Nations came out during the meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on the occasion of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The UN chief said that Pakistan deserves the full and massive support of the United Nations. The international community To deal with the aftermath of devastating floods.
In reply, the Prime Minister appreciated the timely visit of the Secretary General and the affirmation of solidarity with Pakistan in the context of climate change. A devastating flood.
The UNSG visited Pakistan earlier this month to express solidarity with the flood-affected nation.
The prime minister is in New York, where he is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly to tell the world the story of Pakistan’s “suffering and pain”. Apart from the UNSG, Prime Minister Shehbaz has also met world leaders, where he appealed for help in light of the deadly floods.
After the meeting with the head of the United Nations, the prime minister attended a photo exhibition with the head of global communication of the United Nations at the headquarters of the United Nations.
Explaining the exhibition, the Prime Minister said, “These images tell the story of suffering, pain and agony that the 33 million people of Pakistan are experiencing through no fault of their own”.
“Our story needs an empathetic hearing.”
Millions of people displaced by the floods are living in the open and hundreds have died from diseases and floods since the onset of the monsoon season.
Stagnant flood waterSpread over hundreds of kilometers, it can take two to six months to finish. Already they have caused widespread cases of skin and eye infections, diarrhoea, malaria, typhoid and dengue fever.
Officials and aid workers have said more immediate help is needed for displaced families who are vulnerable to mosquito and other hazards, such as snake and dog bites.
Despite the efforts of the government and local and foreign aid organizations, many people are in dire need of food, shelter, medical aid and medicine.
With Pakistan’s already weak health system and lack of aid, displaced families complain that they are forced to drink and cook unsafe water.
A historic and intense monsoon rained nearly three times Pakistan’s three-decade average. Combined with glacial melt, this led to unprecedented flooding.
Floods caused by climate change have affected about 33 million people in the South Asian country of 220 million, scientists say. It has caused $30 billion worth of damage to homes, crops, bridges, roads and livestock.
– Additional input from writers
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