The US has expressed solidarity with Pakistan as it battles the worst cycle of floods in over a decade. The devastation caused by floods in Pakistan has raised international alarm.
In a tweet, the US State Department Deputy Spokesperson reaffirmed the US commitment to stand by Pakistan and provide assistance during these challenging times.
“Extremely saddened by the devastating floods in Pakistan. The United States extends our heartfelt condolences and assistance to those affected. We stand with Pakistan at this challenging time and commit to building climate resilience in Pakistan and globally,” Vedant Patel tweeted on behalf of the US government.
Extremely saddened by the devastating floods in Pakistan. The United States extends our heartfelt condolences and assistance to those affected. We stand with Pakistan at this challenging time and commit to building climate resilience in Pakistan and globally.
— Vedant Patel (@StateDeputySpox) August 26, 2022
The abnormally heavy rains across Pakistan have resulted in flash floods, killing nearly a thousand people while leaving another 1456 injured, the country’s National Disaster Management Authority reported.
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In addition to human loss, 802583 animals have been lost and 682139 houses have been damaged, leaving millions homeless. The floods have hit many districts in the provinces of Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
World expresses support for Pakistan
The international community has expressed solidarity and support for Pakistan, announcing donations for flood relief. Countries have extended aid to flood-hit Pakistan.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had announced $1 million to build resilience against natural disasters in addition to $100,000 in immediate relief for the flood victims of Pakistan.
The European Union is providing €1.8 million in humanitarian aid to families affected by flash floods across large parts of Pakistan. This latest funding comes in addition to last week’s allocation of €350,000 in aid to help people in Pakistan’s flood-affected province of Balochistan.
The funding is allocated to EU humanitarian partners operating on the ground to meet the immediate needs of flood-stricken families, including through the provision of temporary emergency shelter, food and clean water, cash transfers, and primary healthcare services.
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The United Arab Emirates also launched a relief program to provide food and shelter to those affected by recent floods in Pakistan.
The field teams of UAE Embassy in Islamabad, Consulate General in Karachi, UAE Red Crescent and Khalifa Bin Zayed Humanitarian Foundation continues to work around the clock to provide emergency relief assistance to the food affectees in various Pakistani provinces and areas pic.twitter.com/dmhXVwCkia
— UAE Embassy PK (@uaeembassyisb) August 26, 2022
Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center dispatched an emergency relief convoy in July for flood-affected people in the Balochistan region of Pakistan. Again, on Thursday, Saudi Arabia assured full support to flood victims and reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to stand by Pakistan.
China announced on Wednesday that it will provide relief and cash assistance to Pakistan, affected by flash floods and property destruction, which have left thousands marooned since mid-June.