UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Paid a Solidary Visit to Flood Ravaged Provinces of Pakistan
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, arrived in Pakistan on Friday to express his solidarity with the government and people over climate-induced floods that have killed 1,391 people since mid-June. The United Nations Secretary-General was received by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Foreign Office. He is making his first visit to Pakistan since taking office in 2016. Flood-stricken areas were visited by Secretary-General Guterres, he met Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other government and military officials. At least 1,396 people have been killed, 12,728 injured, and millions left homeless because of the immense damage to infrastructure. Guterres toured flood-affected areas of Sindh’s Sukkur district and Baluchistan’s Osta Mohammad, two of the country’s worst-affected areas.
Guterres stated that “Pakistan needs today massive financial support to overcome this crisis. “This is not a matter of generosity, this is a matter of justice.”
Floodwaters inundated miles of cotton, sugarcane, banana, and vegetable crops in the Sindh and Punjab provinces. Thousands of mud and brick houses collapsed, leaving people homeless and sheltering in tents beside damaged roads, as floodwaters inundated thousands of mud and brick homes. Sindh province chief minister Murad Ali Shah briefed Guterres on the destruction in his province. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and some of his ministers accompanied the U.N.’s top official during his visit.
The U.N. will use its limited resources to help Pakistanis and ask that those nations with the ability to assist do so now and substantially, said Guterres.
According to the experts, Pakistan is responsible for only 0.4% of Carbon emissions. While the European Union for 15%, China for 16.5% and the United States of America for 21.5%.
Officials briefed Guterres about the situation and the threat to the archaeological sites of Mohenjo Daro, which is located in the Larkana district and is one of the world’s earliest civilizations.