Islamabad, 30 August 2022 (TDI): The Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, Munir Akram, called on the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres for emergency flood relief in Pakistan. The high-level meeting between the two also aimed at briefing the UN Secretary-General on the intensity and devastation of the floods in Pakistan.

Floods in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Ambassador Munir Akram briefed the UN Secretary-General on “tragic and devastating” floods in Pakistan that have far killed 937 people, including 343 children, and left at least 30 million without shelter as per official sources.

Moreover, Pakistan has also officially declared a ‘national emergency’ in light of the rain-induced floods. The country has reasoned the incessant monsoon rains as a “climate-inducted humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.”

Therefore, during these calamity-stricken times, Pakistan’s Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman, among others, has called on international donors for aid and assistance to Pakistan.

Efforts of the United Nations

The Secretary-General expressed “deep sympathy” with the people and the Government of Pakistan, and promised the full support of the UN system in the hour of need. The Secretary-General will also be visiting Pakistan as per Pakistan’s Ambassador Munir Akram.

Apart from this, the UN chief has also undertaken special measures for the provision of emergency assistance to Pakistan from the UN. He has made a special appeal to the world community at the UN Flash Appeal which was recently launched in Geneva and Islamabad.

Moreover, the Secretary-General has also agreed that floods were one of the manifestations of the adverse impacts of climate change. He emphasized that Pakistan deserved all the support it needed for relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction during these calamity-stricken times.