The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has made an international appeal to raise 160 million dollars (159,400 euros) with the aim of helping Pakistan to face the effects of the torrential rains, which have left more than 1,100 dead in the country.
“This colossal crisis requires urgent collective action to help the Government and people of Pakistan,” Guterres said in a video posted on his official Twitter profile, adding that “millions of lives” have been “shattered.”
Referring to the devastation caused by the large-scale floods, the Pakistani Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, explained that the support and solidarity of the international community will help alleviate the suffering of the people affected by the floods and rebuild their lives.
“The appeal gives priority to specific measures in the areas of education, food security, agriculture, health, nutrition, protection, housing, non-food goods, water, sanitation and cleaning,” explained the Pakistani foreign minister, according to the Pakistan Observer website.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has evidence of at least 1,136 deaths, according to the bulletin released on Monday and which places Sindh (402 dead), Khaiber Pakhtunjua (258) and Baluchistan (244). as the most affected regions.
Authorities estimate that more than a million homes have suffered some kind of damage, including more than 300,000 that have been completely destroyed. More than 735,000 head of cattle have also been lost and there are almost 3,500 kilometers of roads damaged.
Pakistan has suffered rains that almost triple the average values for this time. In areas such as Baluchistan and Sindh, the current data is five times what would be considered normal, according to a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Source: Europa Press