Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. on Sunday and thanked him and people of Turkey for providing humanitarian assistance to Pakistan.
Emergency aid from Turkey was in the form of immediate dispatch of tents, emergency food items and medicines via 12 Turkish military planes, four “good trains” and two trucks of the Turkish Red Crescent.
prime minister exclaimed that it in real tradition of Exemplary relations between Pakistan and Turkey.
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He also thanked for visit made on September 1, 2022, as a gesture of solidarity and supportSuleiman Soylu, Minister of MIA, Murat Kurum, Minister for Environment and Urbanization, Head of AFAD and representatives of TOKI to see the devastation caused flash floods for themselves.
Sensitization of President Erdogan of chaos caused river floods, prime minister stated that, according to initial estimates, the floods were likely reduce Pakistan’s GDP over 2 percent points. He stressed that the ongoing floods have devastated millions of acres of crops, houses and critical infrastructure in country.
Prime Minister Shehbaz said Pakistan is fighting with direct challenge of preventing imminent food shortages in country, as well as providing for rescue and rehabilitation of victims of it is a natural disaster caused by the climate.
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Shahbaz briefed Erdogan on the current government assistance activities and expressed his intention to seek assistance from Turkey in overcoming food shortages, and in reconstruction and rehabilitation of in flood- affected areas.
In a bilateral context, Prime Minister Shahbaz reaffirmed his commitment to developing relations in all areas.
Record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan’s northern mountains brought floods that affected over 33 million people and killed about 1400 people, including children. Flood, accused on climate change is still spreading.
Estimated disaster caused losses of about 10 billion dollars, destroying life of millions.
In July and August, Pakistan received 391 mm (15.4 in). of rain, or almost 190% more than 30-year on average, while Sindh received 466% more than on average.
The World Health Organization has stated more more than 6.4 million people need humanitarian support in flooded areas.