UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has emphasized the need for developed countries to step up and aid Pakistan.
On Saturday, while visiting flood-affected areas in Sindh, the UN secretary general said that the international body’s assistance is “a drop in the ocean” in comparison to what is required to reconstruct.
The UNSG, while talking to journalists in Sukkur, said that there needed to be a serious discussion on damages.
Flooding so far has destroyed houses, businesses, highways, and bridges and has claimed the lives of around 1,400 people.
Guterres is hoping that his visit would increase assistance for Pakistan, with its infrastructure needing at least $10 billion in repairs.
He emphasized that the world community must understand the terrible effects of greenhouse gases and that nature was responding with natural tragedies.
He further said that climate change has been hastened by greenhouse gases, and the countries with higher carbon footprints needed to be aware of these challenges.
Guterres also paid a visit to Larkana and spoke with flood victims. He reassured them that the UN had requested assistance after the devastating floods and emphasized the need for everyone to accept responsibility for their actions.
وزیراعظم پاکستان شہباز شریف، وزیر خارجہ بلاول بھٹو زرداری اور اقوام متحدہ کے سیکریٹری جنرل انتونیو گوتریس کی سیلاب متاثرین کو تمام مسائل کے حل کی یقین دہانی۔@BBhuttoZardari @CMShehbaz @antonioguterres pic.twitter.com/hpyodtusuS
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) September 10, 2022
Provincial officials also updated Guterres on the conditions in Balochistan and Sindh.
PM Shehbaz Sharif & UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived at Usta Muhammad, Balochistan today. CS Balochistan briefed them about the devastation caused by floods & ongoing rescue & relief activities by the govt. #UNSGinPak#UNSGSolidarityVisit#SolidarityVisit pic.twitter.com/tQjdMzJYtU
— Prime Minister's Office (@PakPMO) September 10, 2022
The UN has already launched a request for $160 million in relief to assist Pakistan in coping with the calamity.
According to planning minister Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan anticipates reducing its projected GDP growth for the fiscal year 2022-2023 from 5% to 3%.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) revealed that 1,396 people had died and nearly 12,700 people had been wounded as a result of the catastrophic floods.
According to the NDMA’s report, approximately 1.7 million houses have been destroyed by floods overall, either completely or partially, along with over 6,600 km of highways and 269 bridges.