Islamabad, 12 June 2023 (TDI): The Azerbaijan Embassy in Pakistan conveyed heartfelt condolences. It expressed heartfelt sympathies to the people of Pakistan, particularly the bereaved families devastated by the recent damaging rain and storm in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Ambassador Khazar Farhadov sent his sympathies and wishes for a swift recovery to all those injured in the calamity.

According to the disaster management authorities, the torrential pre-monsoon rains and floods have caused immense devastation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, claiming the lives of at least 28 individuals and leaving hundreds injured.

Additional fatalities and injuries have been reported in Punjab, with various districts hit by rain-related occurrences.

The southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Bannu, Lakki Marwat, and Karak, have borne the brunt of the powerful storms, resulting in the destruction of homes, uprooting of trees and electricity pylons, and leaving numerous individuals stranded.

Rescue operations are underway, with hospitals on high alert and authorities working diligently to provide relief and assistance to the affected areas.

Ambassador Khazar Farhadov emphasizes Azerbaijan’s solidarity with the brotherly nation of Pakistan during these challenging times. The Embassy will remain in close coordination with the Pakistani authorities to extend any necessary support and assistance.

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Ambassador Khazar Farhadov stated, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost their loved ones in this tragedy. We stand with Pakistan, ready to offer any assistance required in the recovery and rebuilding efforts.”

Azerbaijan stands in unity with Pakistan and expresses its readiness to contribute to the relief and rehabilitation efforts in affected areas. The Embassy will continue to monitor the situation closely and explore ways to support and assist the affected communities.

Over 1,700 people were killed, and 33 million were impacted by monsoon rains and flooding in Pakistan last year, with roughly 8 million forced to relocate.

The Government of Pakistan budgeted $1.3 billion for climate resilience in its national budget draft unveiled on Friday to lessen the effects of catastrophic disasters.