The United Nations will start a $160 million Flash Appeal on Tuesday to assist millions of people devastated by extraordinary monsoon rains in Pakistan, which caused major floods.
“A UN Flash Appeal will be launched on Tuesday 30 August simultaneously from Geneva and Islamabad,” Foreign Office spokesman Asim Iftikhar said at his weekly media conference. He stated that the UN flash appeal was very significant and that it would elicit a response from the world community as well as bilateral support from other countries.
Separately, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif told a group of envoys and diplomats on Friday that the government was reaching out to friendly countries, donors, and international financial institutions for continuous assistance during this tough period. Ambassadors and high commissioners from Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Kuwait, the UAE, Turkey, South Korea, the United States, and Germany attended the summit. Senior diplomats from Bahrain, the European Union, France, Oman, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia, as well as a World Food Programme (WFP) national representative, were also present.
The international community’s response to the government’s request has been delayed thus far, despite the fact that about 1,000 people, including 300 children, have died as a result of the rains and flooding that have affected roughly 33 million people – nearly 15% of the country’s population.
Flash Appeals are made in the aftermath of natural catastrophes when the government lacks the capacity to conduct a coordinated response and no single UN agency can respond to the situation. Normally, the appeals fund immediate humanitarian needs for up to six months.
The UN Resident Coordinator’s office and the National Disaster Management Authority worked together to determine the needs on which the appeal would be launched.