Saturday September 10, 2022

Int’l community should come forward to help Pakistan to deal with floods: Guterres

Larkana/ Quetta: The UN Secretary General António Guterres says the recent floods in Pakistan is the outcome of pollution created by the developed and industrialist countries, therefore they must come forward and help Pakistan to cope with the situation.

He was talking to flood affectees during his visit to a relief camp in Larkana, along with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday.

The UN Secretary General said Pakistan is not responsible for the climate change but it has suffered the most from its effects.

António Guterres said he is not asking the industrialist countries to show their generosity but calls for justice, as they are responsible for the pollution which has caused devastation in Pakistan.

He said Pakistan has no resources to overcome the current situation alone, therefore the international community must help it to reconstruct the damaged infrastructure and rehabilitate the flood affectees.

The UN Chief once again called on the industrialist countries to stop the war against nature and not to pollute the globe.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the government is fully realizing the problems faced by the flood affectees.

He said the federal and the provincial governments are working jointly for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the flood hit areas.

The Prime Minister said Sindh was most severely affected by the recent floods.

He said the government is providing 25000 rupees per family to minimize the sufferings of the flood affectees.

The Foreign Minister on the occasion thanked the UN Secretary General for visiting Pakistan to convey the hardships of the flood affectees with international community.

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has urged the international community to support Pakistan to overcome the challenge of rehabilitation of the flood affected people.

He was talking to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during their visit to the flood-affected Tehsil Usta Muhammad in Jafarabad district of Balochistan.

He said that the relevant authorities faced huge difficulties to reach to the affected people in the remote areas of the province.

He informed that floods had badly affected the road and rail infrastructure besides, damaging bridges.

The prime minister said that the rehabilitation of the flood affectees is a major challenge and in order to deal with it the federal government is assisting the provinces.

He said that the province has its natural resources, and his government was focusing on the development of the province.

Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo informed the UN secretary general that they had utilized all the limited resources in the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts. He appealed to the global community to extend financial help to support the flood affectees of the country.

The Chief Secretary of Balochistan briefed the dignitaries about the devastation caused by the monsoon floods, and rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts in the province.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif interacted with the flood affectees in Tent City Usta Muhammad, Jafferabad.

They also visited the school set up for the children of flood victims in Tent City Usta Muhammad.

Later, both the leaders will visit Larkana where they will meet the people displaced by the floods.

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