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International aid reaches flood-ravaged Pakistan

As the military and volunteers frantically attempted to rescue hundreds of people left trapped by extensive floods brought on by “monster monsoons” that have killed more than 1,000 deaths this summer, international relief began to arrive in Pakistan on Monday.

Carrying tents, food, and other everyday essentials, cargo aircraft from Turkey and the United Arab Emirates arrived in Islamabad on Sunday, starting the worldwide rush to help the poor country. The National Disaster Management Authority was also sending trucks with tents, food, and water that Pakistan has organized to different regions of the nation for the tens of thousands of flood victims.

They were among the countries that promised to assist Pakistan in resolving the problem after authorities requested assistance from other countries. On Tuesday in Islamabad, the UN will make a global plea on behalf of the flood victims in Pakistan.

The rains are the worst Pakistan has seen in three decades, according to Prime Minister Shabaz Sharif on Monday.

In recent days and even today, Sharif in Charsadda, one of the destroyed towns, remarked, “I saw floodwater everywhere, everywhere I went.” He said that several aircraft bearing supplies from other nations had already landed in Pakistan and forecasted the arrival of more.

According to Sharif, the government would provide lodging to everyone who lost their house.

However, many flood victims claim that in addition to losing their houses, they also lost their small businesses, crops, and stores.

“How can I go to work while I’m in a tent with my family? Rehmat Ullah, a flood victim in Charsadda in the northwest, questioned, “Even if I walk out in search of a work, who would provide me any employment since there is water everywhere.”

Another flood victim, Zarina Bibi, said that troops took her to safety in a boat.

“Soldiers and volunteers gave us a tent and food,” she said. When Bibi stated that her home had been destroyed by floodwaters, she sobbed. Although the floodwaters will soon recede, she remarked, “We don’t have the money to reconstruct our house.”

Rehan Ali, 24, a worker from Sindh province in the south of the nation, had a similar experience.

He said that he needs government assistance to restore his house since he is now unable to work and support his family via labor. So, Ali said, he was relying on donatons.

33 million Pakistanis have been impacted, about 1 million houses have been destroyed, and at least 1,061 people have died as a result of the unusually severe monsoon rains that caused flash floods across the nation.

The destruction this year, according to Pakistani officials, is greater than that of 2010, when floods claimed 1,700 lives. The country’s military head, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, said on Sunday that the recovery process might take years. He urged Pakistanis who were expatriates to give generously to the flood victims.

At a time when Pakistan is experiencing one of the greatest economic crises, floods and rain have wreaked havoc. Later on Monday, the IMF executive board was anticipated to authorize the disbursement of the eagerly awaited $1.7 billion for this Islamic country. Pakistan claims it just nearly averted a default.

The rescue agreement was first inked in 2019 between Pakistan and the IMF. The disbursement of a $1.7 billion tranche, however, has been put on hold ever since the IMF voiced concerns about Pakistan’s adherence to the conditions of the agreement during the administration of former Prime Minister Imran Khan early this year.

Khan was also going to start a fundraising effort for flood victims on Monday night.

In a statement last week, the United Nations announced that it had set aside $3 million for U.N. relief organizations and their partners in Pakistan to respond to the floods. This money will be used for services in flood-affected areas related to health, nutrition, food security, water, and sanitation, with a focus on the most vulnerable.

Pakistan’s climate minister, Sherry Rehman, referred to the extraordinary downpour as a “monster monsoon.” She claims that the major reason Pakistan saw greater rainfall this year was due to climate change, which also led to forest fires.

However, some claim that Pakistan’s government has no desire to construct additional dams and water reservoirs.

All four of the nation’s provinces have been impacted by the exceptional monsoon season. Rescue efforts are challenging since more than 150 bridges have been devastated by floods, and many highways have been swept away. According to the authorities, individuals were being evacuated from marooned people and much-needed supplies was being delivered to them using military aircraft, helicopters, trucks, and boats.

However, many survivors allege that despite being forced to flee due of floods, the government did not provide them with enough aid or that they were still waiting for it. Some claim to have received tents but not food. In flood-affected regions, Pakistani organizations were also active, and the government has urged everyone to donate to aid flood victims.

At least 6,500 military have been sent out by the government to assist civilian authorities in relief and rescue efforts around the nation.

Brian Cooper
Brian Cooper
Brian Cooper is a global reporter for TheOptic, focusing on bringing insights and developments for global breaking news daily. With almost seven years of experience covering topics from all over the world, Brian strives to make sure you stay up-to-date with what's going on in the world.
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