“Monsoon on steroids” leaves a third of Pakistan underwater
August 30, 2022

Due to unprecedented amounts of rain, Pakistan is currently in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, referred to the rainfall as a “monsoon on steroids.” The resulting flooding has impacted over 33 million people, and left over 1,100 people dead.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has stated a third of the estimated casualties have been children.

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Rescue and relief operations underway

As the disaster unfolded, local and regional officials launched evacuation efforts. Prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has praised the swift actions of the Pakistan military. The 6,500 deployed soldiers directly facilitated freeing hundreds trapped by the floods. Furthermore, Sharif has expressed his gratitude to the multitude of countries that have delivered humanitarian aid, particularly China.

Japan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, are among those who have also flown in supplies. These shipments are comprised of food, tents, and other daily necessities. In addition to this aid, the US has recently pledged $30 million in support:

“The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today announced an additional $30 million in life-saving humanitarian assistance to support people and communities affected by severe flooding in Pakistan.” – U.S. embassy in Islamabad

The United Nations has also just launched an appeal for $160 million in emergency funding. However, the current need far exceeds the available aid.

Prime minister Sharif has publicly stated all funds received will be spent responsibly, and in a transparent manner. Moreover, he believes this is important to foster trust in a time where many crops have been destroyed, and Pakistan will greatly depend on outside imports and assistance.

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