Islamabad/Tehran, 30 August 2022 (TDI): The President of Iran, Syed Ebrahim Raisi called the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, on 27th August.

During the telephonic dialogue, the Prime Minister thanked President Raisi for his sympathy over the flood situation. He emphasized that Pakistan has been enduring the severe monsoon season since mid-June 2022.

Consequently, many areas have received more than normal rainfall causing severe damage to human lives, livelihoods, livestock, property as well as infrastructure due to large-scale floods and landslides.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan went on to enunciate that the severe impact on infrastructure, including roads and bridges, was further complicating the humanitarian situation.

This in turn has hindered the delivery of aid and transportation of people to safer places. Along these lines, he highlighted the efforts undertaken in this regard by the government of Pakistan.

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He stated that Pakistan has prepared a “United Nations Flash Appeal” which will be launched on August 30, 2022. In the same vein, he hoped that the international community would play a role in meeting the funding needs of Flash Appeal.

Aside from that in the context of bilateral ties, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif reiterated his commitment to promoting relations in all fields. He also appreciated Iran’s continued support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

While President Ebrahim Raisi on his part expressed solidarity with Pakistan and assured all possible cooperation in relief assistance in all sectors.

Floods in Pakistan

Since mid-June, severe rains and flooding have killed at least 1,033 people, including 348 children, and injured 1,527 others in Pakistan, officials said on Sunday.

According to the country’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), 119 people have perished and 71 have been injured in the last 24 hours alone.

Moreover, Minister for Climate Change, Sherry Rehman, claims that at least 33 million people have been affected by the tragedy. The floods, she said, were “unprecedented” and “the largest humanitarian calamity of our decade.”