Wednesday, September 21 2022

Massive losses from catastrophic monsoon rains and floods in Pakistan, war in Ukraine and other factors could force it to cut its GDP growth rate for fiscal year 2022-23 from 5% to 3% , according to media reports on Saturday.

Chairman of the National Flood Response and Coordination Center (NFRCC), Major General Zafar Iqbal, during the joint briefing by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres , said at least a third of Pakistan had been flooded, while overall damage would amount to more than $30 billion.

The official Associated Press of Pakistan news agency quoted Iqbal as saying that Pakistan expected a 2% reduction in gross domestic product growth figure due to a combination of crises, the main ones being floods, the late approval of IMF funds; and the emerging economic situation following the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Separately, the Dawn newspaper reported that the minister said that while the “super floods” of 2010 affected around 20 million people, the impact of the current flash floods was felt by more than 33 million across the country. countries, of which more than 0.6 million have been accommodated in relief camps.

The mountain torrents proved to be a challenge amid a lack of effective infrastructure to deal with the disaster, which resulted in heavy loss of life, infrastructure, livestock and crops, he said. he declares.

The NFRCC official said coordinated efforts between the civilian government, the military and NGOs, including UN aid agencies, were in full swing, adding that an assessment survey of the operations of relief in the provinces would begin on Monday.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported that the death toll from the deadly floods had risen to 1,396, while the total number of injured stood at more than 12,700.

According to the latest situation report from the NDMA, the cumulative number of houses damaged by the floods – partially or totally – was over 1.7 million, while over 6,600 km of roads and 269 bridges were damaged.

Its data indicates that a total of 81 districts (32 in Balochistan, 23 in Sindh and 17 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) remained classified as “disaster stricken”.

In addition, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is on the last day of his two-day trip to Pakistan, is expected to visit flood-affected areas in Sindh and Balochistan provinces to review efforts to ongoing rescue and relief and damage. caused by the disaster.

On the first day of his trip, the Secretary General met with the Prime Minister and other officials and attended a briefing. He has said on occasion that Pakistan contributes little to global warming but is massively affected by it.

That is why the international community should come forward to help. Officials said the record monsoon rains of the past three decades triggered massive floods destroying infrastructure and the livelihoods of millions of people in rural areas.

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