Washington to send more aid to Pakistan after floods

The United States has increased assistance to Pakistan’s flood relief efforts, announcing $10 million in aid, on top of Washington’s already announced financial assistance of $56.1 million, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Washington is the biggest contributor of aid to Pakistan, which has struggled to provide tents, food and other supplies for hundreds of thousands of people living in makeshift camps after being displaced by record floods that have killed 1,638 people. since mid 2018. June.

The latest announcement came weeks after the United States set up a humanitarian airlift to help the impoverished South Asian nation. Once the scale of the devastation became clear, the United Nations requested $160 million in emergency funds to help more than 33 million people affected by the floods.

The ministry statement followed a meeting Monday between Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington. He said the two discussed the unprecedented flooding, caused in part by climate change, and that Bhutto-Zardari thanked the US government for helping him.

“No country could deal with a crisis of this proportion on its own,” the ministry quoted Bhutto-Zardari as saying to Blinken. The foreign minister also said that Pakistan is “one of the lowest emitters and, ironically, one of the most severely affected by climate change.”

Pakistan seeks climate justice and looks to its partners for help in recovering from this calamity, added Bhutto-Zardari. According to the statement, Blinken expressed his condolences for the loss of “precious lives and monumental economic losses” and reaffirmed the US commitment to help Pakistan after the floods.

“We will continue to stand with Pakistan, stand with its people, today and in the days to come,” Blinken said Monday at an event in Washington marking 75 years of US-Pakistan relations, according to the State Department.

The devastation caused by this summer’s flooding in Pakistan has also highlighted the disproportionate effect of climate change on impoverished nations. Experts say Pakistan is responsible for just 0.4% of the world’s historical emissions blamed for climate change.

In the past week, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in an interview with The Associated Press detailed the scope of the disaster. and called on world leaders gathered for their annual meeting at the United Nations General Assembly to come together and raise resources “to build resilient infrastructure, to build adaptation, to save our future generations.”

Sharif also sought more help for relief and rehabilitation operations for Pakistan’s flood victims, especially in the southern province of Sindh, the hardest hit of all the country’s provinces, where many districts are still under water. After returning home from New York, Sharif visited some of the flood-affected areas in Sindh again on Tuesday.

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Pakistan says the disaster has caused $30 billion worth of damage. UN agencies and various countries, including the US, have so far sent 129 planeloads of aid.

As they grapple with unprecedented flooding, Pakistani authorities are also grappling with disease outbreaks among survivors, especially in Sindh, where waterborne infections, malaria and dengue fever have caused more than 300 deaths since July, according to officials. Health.

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