The presidents of Turkey, Iran and the United Arab Emirates have called on Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and expressed their sympathy for the devastation caused by the floods.
In particular, the United Arab Emirates has sent food as well as medical and pharmaceutical supplies to the country to deal with the floods.
In a telephonic conversation with Shehbaz Sharif, the presidents expressed grief over the loss of lives in the flash floods and assured all-out support to the government and people of Pakistan.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated the prime minister for the loss of life and extensive damage due to heavy rains and floods and said his country will always support Pakistan, The Nation reported.
While Iranian President Syed Ebrahim Raisi conveyed solidarity with Pakistan and assured all-round support in helping aid in all fields, according to the release.
Highlighting the government’s efforts in this regard, the Prime Minister shared that Pakistan had prepared a “UN Flash Appeal” which will be launched on August 30, 2022. He expressed hope that the international community would contribute to meeting the funding requirements. of Flash Appeal.
The prime minister thanked UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his condolence message on the loss of precious lives in the flash floods.
“I am very grateful to my brother His Highness Sheikh @MohamedBinZayed for his message of condolence for the loss of precious lives in the flash floods. His words of comfort and support mean a lot to us in this monumental challenge. We We accept his offer of support,” Sharif wrote on Twitter.
Unprecedented rainfall and floods have wreaked havoc in Pakistan.
Sixty-six districts have been officially declared ‘disasters’ by the Government of Pakistan – 31 in Balochistan, 23 in Sindh, nine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and three in Punjab.
Millions of children, women and men have been affected since mid-June and over a thousand lives have been lost. People have lost their homes, livestock, cash crops and their only sources of livelihood.
Infrastructure across the country suffered massive damage and roads, bridges and buildings were washed away, Dawn reported.
Shehbaz Sharif’s government on Thursday formally declared a “national emergency” after rains and flood-related incidents killed over 900 and left at least 30 million homeless.
The country’s climate change minister, Sherry Rehman, in a statement on Wednesday, admitted that Pakistan is unable to deal with the flood situation on its own.
“Unprecedented torrential rains in Sindh now, Balochistan, DG Khan also at risk. There is no doubt that the provinces or Islamabad will be able to cope with this climate disaster on their own. Lives are at risk and thousands are homeless. International partners must we mobilize help,” she wrote on Twitter.
670,000 houses were damaged, while around 800,000 animals died in the floods, the report said, adding that the Tarbela Dam was full, while the Çashma Dam was about to overflow. More than 33 million people have been badly affected by floods in Pakistan as the South Asian country calls for the world’s support.
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