‘Pakistan needs massive financial support to overcome post-flood situation’: Antonio Guterres

Secretary General Pakistan

Sukkar: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday urged the international community to support flood-hit Pakistan as the country needed massive financial help to overcome post-flood crises.

The UN Secretary-General flew to visit flood-hit areas alongside Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb provincial ministers, and the relevant authorities.

Upon arrival, the Chief Minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah, received the delegation. He also gave a briefing on the damages and loss of lives in the province.

After the breaking, Antonio Guterres said that providing massive financial support to Pakistan was not a matter of generosity but a matter of justice.

He reiterated the UN’s commitment, strong support, and solidarity with the flood-affected populace of Pakistan.

The UN absolutely supported the Pakistani nation and requested the well-resourced nations to support the country massively so that it could face the future challenges of climatic changes and save its nation.

He stressed that the international community must realize the serious impacts of greenhouse emissions as nature was striking back in the form of natural calamities.

“The issue of greenhouse gases had accelerated the climatic changes, and the nations having larger greenhouse emissions footprints must understand these issues,” he added.

In his briefing, CM Murad Ali Shah said that during the current monsoon season, different districts of the province had received unusual rainfall never witnessed in the past.

He said that 30 districts of the province were affected, displacing about 12 million, adding that a total of 578 people lost their lives. A total of 3 million houses were destroyed and crops grown on an area of about 3.3 million acres were damaged, while 500,000 livestock had been swept away.

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