GENEVA: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Monday said that considering â€˜the gigantic task of resilient recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction of 33 million flood affected peopleâ€™, they were looking towards the global support to generate $8 billion to meet the impending challenge.
Addressing a joint press stakeout with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the prime minister expressed the confidence that they would be able to generate close to about $8 billion dollars domestically and also looking towards the international community to contribute with an equal amount to support these measures.
He said in todayâ€™s â€œResilient Pakistanâ€ conference, they, in consultations with the friendly countries and global partners, had worked out a comprehensive framework over Pakistanâ€™s resilient recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts with a robust financial mechanism.
Elaborating the large-scale devastation caused by the floods, the prime minister said it had crippled Pakistanâ€™s economy and they with meagre resources could not cope with such a gigantic challenge.
The prime minister said that he had never witnessed such a destruction in his lifetime. About 33 million people were displaced, with 2 million houses were completely or impartially destroyed. The countryâ€™s economy suffered to the tune of $30 billon.
The prime minister thanked the UN, UNDP, World Bank and other financial institutions and friendly countries for their support and assistance to the flood victims.
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