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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Pledges To Compensate Flood Victims

September 15, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News


ISLAMABAD — After the worst floods in the nation’s history, Pakistan’s prime minister assured the nation’s homeless population on Wednesday that the government would make sure they were compensated to rebuild and resume their lives.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, second from the right, converses with a youngster at a makeshift school in a tent in the Pakistani Baluchistan flood-stricken community of Suhbatpur. Following the nation’s worst-ever floods, Sharif pledged the nation’s millions of homeless people on Wednesday that the government would make sure they were compensated to repair their houses and resume their lives. 

A half million people are living in camps as winter approaches after being evacuated by the flood, which damaged 1.7 million houses. Delivering food, tents, and money to the victims has been the government’s top priority up to this point. Since mid-June, the floods have claimed 1,481 lives, affecting 33 million people.

We’ll do everything we can to provide you with financial support so you may build new homes “Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif spoke to a number of families residing in tents and temporary structures in the Baluchistan town of Suhbatpur. “The government will provide compensation to those who lost their houses and crops, “he stated during his remarks on television.

Under the town of Suhbatpur, where hundreds of schoolchildren were receiving assistance from UNICEF to study in a tent, Sharif also informed the students that a new school will be built there in the following two months.

“Pakistan has never seen such massive climate-related destruction, “Sharif stated to a group of attorneys on Wednesday in Islamabad. “Watching flooded villages, towns, and cities was awful.”

After 15 days, according to Sharif, Pakistan will enter its winter season, and the flood victims will face a new challenge: figuring out how to survive in the bitter cold when they were previously living in tents throughout the summer.

Even getting clean drinking water to flood victims has become difficult, he claimed.

70% of Pakistan’s wheat, cotton, and other crops were devastated by the floods. The government now claims that the economic toll is far higher than Pakistan’s initial estimate of $10 billion in losses. The world community, especially those responsible for climate change, has been encouraged by the UN to provide greater aid to Pakistan.

Thousands of people are now homeless as a result of the monsoon rains that destroyed entire communities, bridges, and highways. A third of the country’s land area was submerged under water at one time.

Unprecedented rain-related losses in Pakistan have been attributed by several analysts to climate change.

Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s minister for climate change, stated to a group of MPs from the Asia Pacific on Wednesday in Islamabad that the threat posed by climate change, which “knows no boundaries,” is currently affecting the whole globe.

She urged cutting emissions to protect other nations from the harm that her country is already experiencing.

Overnight, Pakistan received its first shipment of Saudi Arabian help.

The United States and many other nations, including the United Nations, have already provided around 90 planeloads of aid.

In response to an urgent call for $160 million, member states have so far pledged $150 million, according to Julien Harneis, resident coordinator for the United Nations in Pakistan, who made the announcement during a news conference on Wednesday.


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