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President Joe Biden’s UNGA speech: ‘Pakistan needs help’ to battle 2022 floods

Calling action to address the climate change crisis, US President Joe Biden urged the global community to come forward and help Pakistan in combating the deadly floods.

US President Joe Biden’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly UNGA77 said: “Pakistan is still under water and needs help.”

Experts said that is probably the first time he has publicly mentioned Pakistan. Biden gave a significant portion of his speech on climate change that has posed grave threats to third-world countries despite the fact they have little to do with the emission of greenhouse gases.

President Biden said that Pakistan needs the attention of powerful economies…in tough times.

Pakistan Floods 2022
This Aerial View Shows A Flooded Residential Area In Dera Allah Yar Town After Heavy Monsoon Rains In Jaffarabad District, Balochistan Province On August 30, 2022. – Aid Efforts Ramped Up Across Flooded Pakistan On August 30 To Help Tens Of Millions Of People Affected By Relentless Monsoon Rains That Have Submerged A Third Of The Country And Claimed More Than 1,100 Lives. (Photo By Fida Hussain / Afp)

As per the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Flood Response and Relief Centre (NFRCC), over 1,500 people—men, women, and children—have lost their precious lives.

The NDMA and NRFRCC said that over 33 million people were affected due to the deadly monsoon.

This year monsoon rains along with abnormal glacial melting have inundated one-third of Pakistan leaving 33 million people affected. Many international celebrities reached Pakistan including Hollywood star and activist Angelina Jolie and Turkish Television industry stars.

READ MORE: Global flood relief efforts for Pakistan—Dubai Cares, UN Antonio, Sahem, USAID, Turkish Red Crescent

Joe Biden’s speech today on Russia, China

US President Joe Biden stressed that the US does not seek conflict or a cold war with China or any other partners.

Biden stressed that the US does not ask any nation to choose between the United States or any other partners.

As per the schedule of President Joe Biden’s speech, today at UNGA spoke on American democracy, Ukraine, China, and Russia’s threats to use nuclear weapons and climate change.

Biden tells world leaders in his UN speech that Pakistan needs help to mitigate climate change effects as water is still standing in flood-hit areas.

US President commenting on the invasion of Ukraine said that Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘shamelessly violated’ UN Charter in Ukraine’.

Pakistan at United Nations General Assembly 77

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met with a number of world leaders including the Presidents of Iran and France, and the PM of New Zeeland, and emphasized collective wisdom to counter the havoc of climate change.

Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari are in New York City (NYC) and meeting with world leaders and delegations on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

“Pakistan is keen to build partnerships in the realms of trade and economy,” the premier said in a tweet.

He also thanked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his strong advocacy of the plight of flood victims and for drawing the world’s attention to the most urgent actionable issue of climate change. “International community should move away from talking about climate to acting together.”

Shehbaz Sharif also said: “My brother H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan highlights the need for the continued international assistance to help Pakistan deal with the disastrous floods.”

Pakistan floods Statistics

In flood-hit Sindh, around 78,000 patients were brought to medical camps, and as per NDMA 10, flood-related deaths were reported— since June death toll rose reached 1,569.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon addressing a press conference in Karachi said that water receding in flood-affected districts and cities may take months as water stands up to nine feet in Dadu district.

Also, Pakistan on Wednesday received the first relief consignment flights from Russia and Greece as over 100 humanitarian flights have arrived from friendly countries and international organizations. 

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