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UN secretary general makes $160mn appeal for Pakistan’s flood assistance

The United Nations (UN) has made an appeal for $160 million to assist Pakistan in recovering from the devastating floods across the country.

On Tuesday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres made an appeal for floods in Pakistan that have killed more than 1,100 people and affected 33 million people, devastating infrastructure and agriculture.

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The UN secretary general, in a video message, stated that “Pakistan is awash in suffering”.

“The Pakistani people are facing a monsoon on steroids – the relentless impact of epochal levels of rain and flooding,” he said.

Guterres said the scale of needs, with millions of people forced from their homes, schools, and health facilities demolished and livelihoods shattered by the climate calamity, required the world’s united and prioritized attention.

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He further stated, “Let us all step up in solidarity and support the people of Pakistan in their hour of need, let’s stop sleepwalking towards the destruction of our planet by climate change.”

Antonio Guterres intended to raise $160 million through the appeal that would give 5.2 million people access to food, water, sanitation, emergency education, and health care.

A prompt response to Pakistan’s call for assistance from the international community was urged by Guterres.

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