ADB working on relief and rehabilitation package for flood-affected Pakistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said that it was working on a relief and rehabilitation package for those affected by the floods in Pakistan.

ADB has stated that the package under consideration has been designed to support people, livelihoods and infrastructure. It has said that the package was being worked upon on short, medium and long term basis.

It further stated that for short-term and medium-term, it would use ongoing projects to repair the damaged infrastructure such as irrigation infrastructure and roads along with development and financial stability for agriculture sector for boosting food security.

It has also said, “We’re also processing countercyclical support to help the poor and vulnerable, especially women and children, weather the impacts of food prices and other external shocks.”

ADB has stated that reconstruction and strengthening of resilience against climate and disasters would be done through prioritized long-term projects.

The ADB has further said, “We will provide more details of our new assistance package when it is finalized. We will work closely with the government and other international agencies to help rebuild the lives and livelihoods of the more than 33 million people affected by the disaster.”

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), country has so far lost 1,559 people whereas 12,850 have been reportedly injured. Meanwhile, around 70,000 are under treatment in the medical camps of flood affected areas in Sindh.