Islamabad, 6 September 2022 (TDI): World Food Program (WFP) partners with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan to expand food assistance.

UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Julien Harneis has called for assistance and solidarity around the world for the expansion of food assistance in the wake of this climate change catastrophe.

According to Julien Harneis, this situation is expected to get even worse. The world needs to wake up and help as much as possible as diseases and malnutrition is going to rise at an alarming rate.

Climate Change Catastrophe

The flash floods in Pakistan have displaced 33 million people whereas the death toll has crossed the threshold of 1300. One-third of the country is submerged in floodwaters which have destroyed the crops and agricultural land.

This flood has destroyed more than 100 bridges and has damaged 3,000km of roads. It has also affected 800,000 farm animals, most of them are dead others lost. Flood waters have ruined two million acres of crops and orchards.

Funds Needed

Nearly $34 million are immediately needed to ramp up the food and cash assistance. This funding will help alleviate the conditions of the people of Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, and Punjab.

Furthermore, the United Nations is going to appeal for $161 million for Pakistan on Tuesday to continue the efforts, especially in Baluchistan. WFP has already been supporting 42,000 flood-affected people in flood-ravaged areas of Baluchistan.

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Although the current areas are cut off due to increasing water levels, so the distributions are currently on hold. But WFP aims at reaching 500,000 people in Baluchistan and Sindh.

Pakistan is facing its biggest challenge in decades according to Julien Harneis. International Organizations, civil society, the international community, philanthropist institutions, PDMA, NDMA, and NGOs are working hard to rescue Pakistan.