Flood damage in Pakistan exceeds US$ 3 billion. It is feared that the country’s economic growth will be reduced by half compared to expectations. In this situation, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world community for help. News from Bloomberg.
The UN chief is currently in Pakistan on a two-day visit. In a joint press conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, he said that Pakistan needs huge economic help to deal with this crisis.
Guterres said Pakistan is one of the most affected countries despite not playing much role in climate change.
Recent floods caused by torrential rains have wreaked havoc in Pakistan. One-third of the country has been flooded, leaving more than 500,000 people homeless. A large amount of crops were destroyed, many infrastructures were destroyed. Many people have become destitute due to the loss of support.
The disaster is expected to halve Pakistan’s economic growth this fiscal year from an expected five percent.
The World Health Organization has warned that various infectious diseases including diarrhea and malaria may spread in the affected areas. The United Nations has already initiated an emergency fund collection of 160 million dollars to help those affected by the floods in Pakistan.
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