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Global flood relief efforts for Pakistan

Pakistan has been facing the worst-ever floods that killed over 1500 people mostly children and perished livestock inundating one-third of the country in the wake of the large-scale calamity. The humanitarian assistance flights are providing life-saving medicines and shelter for flood victims affected by catastrophic flooding due to monster monsoon rains.

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres—who paid a two days visit to Pakistan—warned Tuesday that climate change impacts have been heading into uncharted territories of destruction.

Guterres said in a video message that heatwaves in Europe, and colossal floods in Pakistan…there is nothing natural about the new scale of these disasters.

When Pakistanis were looking towards the sky for help, the international community and friendly and brotherly countries were among the first countries who ensure the aid supplies as a symbol of compassion and strong bonding towards the flood-hit people.

According to legend, the past cannot be changed as floodwaters swept away lifelong belongings, beloved ones, and livestock of people in Sindh and Balochistan but the international community—of course along with the national donations campaign in Pakistan—responded positively to change the present and the future of the people living under the open sky.

The calamity was such large-scale that authorities with the help of the international community launched surveying the damaged land—one-third of the country.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, High Commissioner for Pakistan to the Commonwealth of Australia, in a tweet thanked friendly countries including the UAE, Turkiye, China, Uzbekistan, Qatar, France, Turkmenistan, Jordan, USA, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, and international Organisations UNHCR, UNICEF, and WFP for their solidarity with Pakistan sending 90 flights carrying global flood relief supplies.

Here is the list of the countries and international organizations which responded to the call to help the victims of the worst-ever floods:

UAE via Dubai Cares

The UAE was among the first countries that launched a national campaign and came forward to help Pakistan. Emirates residents showed the humanitarian soul and spirit of the UAE, and hundreds of volunteers from across the seven emirates joined the “We Stand Together” initiative.

The UAE via the Emirates also established an Airbridge for these flights.

Turkiye via Turkish Red Crescent: Ertrugrul teammate in Karachi

Brotherly country Turkiye sent tonnes of lifesaving supplies and as part of cultural bonding between the two countries, Turkish actor Celal Al—Abdurrahman Alp in Dirilis: Ertugrul—reached Karachi to aid victims.

The actor in a passionate appeal urged his followers to donate to the relief call via the Turkish Red Crescent by texting “Pakistan” to 2868.

China

All-weather friend China extended all-out support for the people of Pakistan and also send ai supplies via humanitarian flights. China Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong visited Balochistan Dera Bugti and distributed food packages to affected people.

USAID supplies continue

US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome said Pakistan and United States bonds enable us to respond quickly to support each other in times of need.

He said that last week, over 700 metric tons of lifesaving supplies began arriving by air, part of $53.1M in US AID for Pakistan flood response.

Visiting National Defence University he said: “When I consider the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations, I see many possibilities to advance our shared interests in trade, investment, clean energy, health security, climate change & regional security.”

Saudi Arabia launches national aid campaign Sahem

Saudi Arabia launched a national campaign named Sahem to collect donations in a major initiative to help the calamity victims of Pakistan.

Also, Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Abdul Rehman Al Sudais urged and appealed to fellow Saudi citizens to come forward and ensure aid help for Pakistan.

Imam-e-Kaaba said that helping the flood victims of Pakistan is a religious duty.

The Saudi government has set up a special national aid campaign called Sahem on the orders of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to approve the collection of donations for the flood victims.

On Tuesday, the first humanitarian flight from Riyadh, Saudi Rabia reached Pakistan.

United Nations

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres, since the outbreak of the floodwaters in the South of Pakistan, made an international appeal for massive global support and tougher action on climate change.

In a joint presser with Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said: “My heart goes out to everyone who has lost loved ones in this tragedy, and all those who have been affected by the loss of their homes, their businesses, and their livelihoods.”

Canada Sikh MP arrives in Pakistan—Canada Development

Foreign Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar met Canadian Minister for International Development, Harjit Sajjan and briefed him on the latest flood situation.

Pakistan appreciated Canada’s support and assistance for victims of flood and Called for international cooperation to address Climate Change, and the needs of countries most affected by it.

Canadian Embassy in Islamabad has been very active in the flood crisis. In the latest tweet: “Canada is providing new international assistance funding for Pakistan. You can help respond to the crisis. Canada will match donations to the @humcoalition and its members in response to the Pakistan floods, up to a total of $3M. Donate today.”

Jordan

France

The arrival of the special flight carrying emergency aid was ordered by France President Emmanuel Macron after the floods that ravaged Pakistan. Reception by Minister of Health Abdul Qadir Patel with Ambassador France in Pak who reiterated France’s solidarity with Pakistan flood victims.

Qatar Charity

Planes carrying fresh supplies are surging from Qatar across a humanitarian air bridge to flood-ravaged Pakistan.

Norway

Norway pledged to provide 80 million Norwegian kroner for victims of flood disasters. 

Japan via JICA

The Government of Japan’s emergency relief goods, tents, and plastic sheets were handed over to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) by Kinoshita Yasumitsu, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Pakistan Office, in the presence of ODAGIRI Toshio, Consul-General of Japan in Karachi, at the Jinnah International Airport Karachi.

On Sept 8—International Literacy Day—JICA said that the recent flood emergency in Pakistan🇵🇰 has had a significant impact on the education sector.

JICA vow to support children and youth to continue their education and youth and adults to gain knowledge and skills for their survival and recovery.

Nepal

The first assistance flight from Nepal for the flood-hit people arrived at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.

Sindh government’s Minister of Social Welfare Sindh Sajid Jokhio and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Disaster Management Authority received the flight.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said Pakistan welcomed the relief assistance from Nepal with “warmth and gratitude”.

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