UN launches a funding appeal for Pakistan
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ISLAMABAD: The UN and the Pakistani government jointly issued a “flash appeal” on Tuesday to ask for assistance from the world community for aid and rescue efforts in the impacted regions as officials struggle to deal with the disastrous floods sweeping the nation from north to south.

The UN and the Pakistani government jointly unveiled the “2022 Pakistan Severe flooding Response Plan (FRP)” at the same time in Geneva and Islamabad.

The terrible rains, floods, and floods that have affected and over 33 million people in various regions of Pakistan are the backdrop against which the FRP is being introduced.

And over 1,600 individuals have been harmed and over 1,100 people, along with more than 350 children, have died.

More than 735,000 dairy animals have died, and more than 287,000 dwellings have been completely and partially demolished. The communications infrastructure has been seriously destroyed, and crops on about two million acres have been negatively harmed.

“The FRP concentrates on the needs of 5.2 million persons, with reality response operations totaling US$ 160.3 million including food security, agricultural and livestock aid, housing and non-food goods, proper nutrition, basic health care services, safety, water and sanitation, female’s health and education help, as well as housing for displaced individuals,” according to a Foreign Office statement.

The rescue and relief efforts are the only purposes of the flash appeal.

Reconstruction is much, much more expensive.

According to the initial estimate, Pakistan’s infrastructure will need $10 billion to be rebuilt and repaired after the record floods damaged or destroyed it, according to Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal.

The FRP outlines a well-organized and comprehensive plan of action to address the needs of the impacted people and emphasises the major humanitarian needs, initiatives, and measures taken by the government to address these problems in cooperation with the UN and other partners.

According to the FO statement, “The FRP is comprehensive and uses a multi-sectoral approach to address the theme clusters of food production and farming, healthcare, nutritional, education, safety, shelter, and non-food goods, as well as freshwater, sanitation, and hygiene.”
In addition, Pakistan continues to generously and compassionately house more than 3 million Afghans, and as in past instances, at estimated 421,000 refugees were residing in flood-affected regions covered by the FRP.

The minister emphasized that the world’s “complete support and sympathy with the citizens of Pakistan at this difficult time will go a long way in easing their pain and in aiding in the reconstruction of their homes and communities.

He said that during this monsoon season, Pakistan saw three times the typical rainfall, resulting in floods that affected 30 districts in Baluchistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and southern Punjab, as well as 23 districts in Sindh.

Foreign Minister

The foreign minister pledged to maintain openness in the distribution of relief supplies, mentioning that there was a scarcity of tents and food to satisfy the requests of the flood-affected people.

He said that evacuations were taking place despite limited resources, but that draining of water was a significant difficulty in the low-lying areas swamped by flood water.

In order to coordinate with the Pakistani government and carry out humanitarian efforts in the flood-affected areas, Bilawal thanked the UN and its agencies.

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In response to a query on the ability to handle the task, he stated coordinated efforts at the levels of the federal, provincial, and international organizations will solve the issue.

When questioned about the lack of cooperation between the federal and provincial governments, Bilawal referred to the usefulness of the data made available through the Benazir Income Support System, which assisted in carrying out the relief efforts.

The foreign minister stated that the timing was not right to politicize the issue of floods.
However, he emphasized that while the province government was busy arranging for Imran Khan, the chairman of the PTI and former prime minister, to fly in by helicopter, the flood-affected residents of K-P were still waiting to be repatriated.

He said that the present flood crisis has made the nation’s economy, which was already under strain from inflation, worse.

Bilawal expressed assurance that, despite significant obstacles, the coalition administration will successfully overcome them.

He said that Pakistan’s national ability to address the issue will be complemented by the UN’s emergency relief infrastructure.

UNSG Guterres Mentioned

The UNSG Antonio Guterres mentioned in his recorded message that Pakistan’s residents were suffering from the worst floods and torrential rains in decades.

The UNSG continued by noting how quickly the Pakistani government had responded.

“National monies have been made available by the government, including in the form of urgent monetary support. However, the scope of demands is expanding like a flood. It demands the collective and focused attention of the entire planet,” he said.

“Let’s cease somnambulating toward climate change’s annihilation of our world. It is Pakistan right now. He warned that tomorrow it may be your nation.

The UNSG will visit the nation the following week as a show of support.

On September 9, he is anticipated to arrive in Islamabad. The locations most affected by this extraordinary climate calamity will then be visited by him.

The UNSG would visit with displaced families and see how the state was working to support its relief operations and give aid to millions of people while collaborating with its humanitarian partners.

On September 11, he is anticipated to return to New York.

The planning minister emphasised that although while Pakistan contributed very little to the global carbon footprint, it was nevertheless one of the top 10 nations most at risk from climate change.

With the terrible monsoon floods on top of the extraordinary weather disasters we’ve already had to deal with this year, including heat waves, forest fires, and repeated glacial lake outburst floods, he continued.

At the press conference, Julien Harneis, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, who was with Bilawal, stated: “This mega flood is caused by climate change – the causes are worldwide, thus the reaction calls for international cooperation.” “Throughout Pakistan, I have witnessed government employees and regular citizens working outside in the rain and the water, saving a life and giving what little they have to individuals who have lost everything, the man said. The international world must take action and support the Pakistani people.The very minimum that we can ask of the world community in exchange for services and help that might save our lives is this request. Pakistan’s citizens are deserving of our assistance.

About Lasbela And Balochistan

In Lasbela, Balochistan, he said that the UN had started working with local officials and had distributed $3 billion worth of supplies for water and animal immunisation.

The head of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and representatives from the foreign affairs ministry were among the people the UN official claimed to have spoken with. He promised that the UN will act if more help was required.

He announced that on Wednesday (today), specialists from the World Food Programme will travel to the flood-affected area to evaluate the local needs.

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He claimed that Pakistan’s opinion had not been effectively heard on climate change and that further measures needed to be done to manage the river system.

NDMA Chairperson Lt . gen. Akhtar Nawaz provided a thorough update on the present humanitarian crisis and government efforts, assisted by aid organisations, to conduct search and rescue operations.

This same International Union of Red Cross and Red Crescent Civilizations (IFRCunder-secretary )’s universal for the National Society Development as well as Operations Coordination, Xavier Castellanos Mosquera, declared that his institution was committed to helping the communities affected by these historic floods in Pakistan.

Along with the Pakistani Red Crescent, we have started an emergency disaster appeal through which we are looking for money to help 324,000 people with their livelihoods, health, and access to safe drinking water and emergency shelter.

He said that the IFRC was coordinating its efforts with those of the Pakistani government and UN agencies to “reach the most needy and afflicted communities and provide access to basic essentials to all.”

Former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, stated: “Today, the world community, including my own agency, must assist the needy in Pakistan. Pakistan badly needs international assistance and solidarity.

Pakistan is a nation with expertise and capability in responding to humanitarian crises, and it has made significant progress toward reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the Foreign Office (SDGs).

The country got rainfall similar to 2.9 twice the national 30-year average, which made the recent floods’ exceptional size and scope a serious expression of disasters brought on by climate change, it was said.

In order to effectively tackle the direct and indirect effects of the present floods, the international community must express solidarity with Pakistan as well as support national efforts there, according to the FO statement.

USAID Pledged for Pakistan

The US Agency for Global Development (USAID) pledged an extra $30 million in existence humanitarian aid shortly after the flash appeal was launched to help individuals and communities in Pakistan devastated by extreme floods.
In a statement sent by the US Embassy, it was said that “Pakistan’s government considers the flooding a national crisis, with 66 districts determined to be ‘calamity stricken’.”

“The US is deeply saddened by the terrible loss of life, companies, and homes throughout Pakistan”. The US would give priority to providing critically needed food aid, potable water, sanitation enhancements, monetary help, and shelter support in answer to the Pakistani government’s plea for help, it was further stated.

According to the statement, this funding will help the most vulnerable impacted populations by saving lives and easing suffering.

In close collaboration with regional allies and Pakistani authorities, the US will keep monitoring the problem.

On August 29, a USAID emergency relief specialist flew into Pakistan to examine the flood’s effects and improve coordination with allies in the country’s response operations.

“The US continues to be unwavering in its assistance for impacted communities across Pakistan. The US also supplied over $1.1 million in funding and special projects earlier this month to make sure additional help reaches those societies most affected and to help to mitigate as well as protect the outcomes of future floods, in furthermore to the $30 million in badly needed international relief announced today, according to the statement.

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