ISLAMABAD: government leave no stone unturned to bring back to normal back in life of flood victims in a third of the country is flooded, in blamed for the growing disaster on climate change, minister assured for Planning and development Ahsan Iqbal.
Briefing media at the National Flood Response and Coordination Center in Islamabad, he also made warm call to international communitynation and the Pakistani diaspora abroad to help country.
Record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in northern mountains triggered floods that claimed the lives of at least 1,265 people. people, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
meteorological office predicted more rains and floods for month of September.
Iqbal said Pakistan facing large-scale climate catastrophe and natural tragedy, which is a consequence of of destruction of the environment. He pointed out that Pakistan’s carbon emissions are less than one percent but it is the seventh most vulnerable country for climate catastrophe.
He said that the scale of devastation calls for a major humanitarian response for 33 million people flood victims.
He said government or the institution itself cannot overcome the tragedy. He said that the whole nation must come together to run the country. out of this is challenge.
Iqbal also informed media about rehabilitation of critical infrastructure of road, power and telecommunications.
Providing latest updates, Lieutenant General Akhtar Nawaz, Chairman of NDMA reports that the rescue operation is ongoing. in flood affected areas. He said government provided four hundred and twenty thousand tents and maintenance in view heavy demand of tents, an attempt was made made to build capacity of making a tent.
According to him, 57,400 food packages were distributed among residents. flood victims.
Nawaz acknowledged response to UN appeal for help of flood affected people. He said that 29 humanitarian aid flights had been received. over in last four days. Among them, 10 from Turkey, 11 from the UAE, four from China, two from Qatar and one each from Uzbekistan and France.
According to him, these flights delivered goods, including 2,728 tents, 98 tons of food, 50 boats and 56 tons of medicines.
Briefing media on the rescue work carried out by the armed forces, Major General Babar Iftikhar, director general of The Interagency Public Relations Service (ISPR) said it was dealing with in rescue and relief efforts over in last two months.
He said that during this period, his agency saved people as well as also gave them with relief items. He recalled that the Pakistani army has set up 147 relief camps with a capacity of 50,000 people. people.
He said 83000 people have been provided with free treatment in 250 medical camps.