flood hit Pakistan, Guterres appeals for ‘massive’ global support, tougher action on climate change
Flood hit Pakistan since mid-June, Pakistan has experienced nearly constant monsoon rain, flash flooding, and landslides brought on by rain, which has left millions of people dead or missing throughout the South Asian nation.
Upon his arrival, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and other senior members of the Government briefed Mr. Guterres on the most recent events and the Pakistan-led response.
As he emphasised throughout his several meetings today, his two-day tour to the nation is not simply about unity; “it is [also] an issue of justice.”
At a joint news conference with Foreign Affairs Minister Zardari, he said, “My heart goes out to everyone who has lost loved ones in this catastrophe, and all those who have been devastated by the loss of their homes, their companies, and their livelihoods.”
“A scary wall of water” “[We] have all seen photographs of the enormous devastation in the media. The force and intensity of the water as it pounded down on towns, highways, bridges, and everything else in its path is beyond my comprehension. Undoubtedly alarming, it was a water wall. No nation deserves this destiny, especially not ones like Pakistan that have done so little to contribute to global warming, Mr. Guterres continued, adding.
In fact, the UN president emphasised that Pakistan and other developing nations are paying a terrible price for the intransigence of large emitters who continue to rely on fossil fuels in defiance of science, common sense, and fundamental human decency. These countries range from the Horn of Africa to the Sahel.
Even now, as more people perish in famines and floods, emissions are increasing.
The Secretary-General declared, “This is insane.” He went on to say that the “war with nature” must cease and that increasing investment in renewable energy was “collective suicide.”
The National Flood Response and Coordination Centre (NFRCC), created by the Prime Minister on 1 September to coordinate the country’s response to the continuing floods, was visited by Mr. Guterres and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif earlier in the day.
Mr. Guterres, the Pakistani officials, and others present at the Center watched a brief film that starkly illustrated the extent of destruction the floods have caused thus far. In some of the video, automobiles and structures could be seen being washed away by the enormous flood. The terrible predicament of women, children, and men who have been displaced was also depicted in the video.
The UN head addressed the Pakistani people directly from a platform put up at the Center, saying: “I’ve always seen your incredible kindness accepting… Afghan refugees, safeguarding them, and helping them. I have witnessed your kindness as you have supported one another, your families, and your towns. I am thus aware of the implications of this extraordinary natural calamity for the Pakistani people.
“We will do everything necessary to rally the world community to help your country and to support all of you in this difficult circumstance,” he told the Pakistani people. “Beyond the figures, I see families who lost their loved ones, I see families who lost their homes.” I see families who have lost their jobs, their jobs, and their crops, and who are living in squalor.