US announces USD $1 million in funding for Pakistan’s disaster relief
According to the United States Embassy in Pakistan, the US stated on Friday that it would provide Pakistan with USD 1 million in disaster aid to help the country deal with natural calamities like the on-going flooding. The funding was announced by US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in Karachi. According to the US ambassador, the USAID-funded humanitarian help would strengthen the resiliency of farming communities in Sindh Province and assist Pakistan’s disaster management agencies in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially Gilgit-Baltistan province to better prepare for upcoming catastrophes.
“Our sympathies are with the family who have lost dear ones in the floods over Pakistan as well as those suffering with recovery operations,” Blome said, asserting that the citizens of the US actually stood with the Pakistani citizens during this trying time. “We take great pride in aiding Sindh communities in strengthening their resilience so they can better withstand future calamities. We’re still committed to doing everything we can to hasten Pakistan’s recovery and reconstruction.” There have been numerous fatalities and extensive property damage in Pakistan as a result of the severe rains and flooding that have affected some of its regions.
According to the CM Sindh, “overall 723 days have indeed been affected, with 548 different roads totaling 2,135.4 kilometers, 45 bridges, 32 stores, 22,817 residences partially damaged and 4,520 fully destroyed, 974 livestock lost their life, and crops covering a region of 676,484 acres were wiped away.” According to Murad Ali Shah, 130 people have already died as a result of the heavy rains, including 54 men, 11 women, and 65 children. In addition, 422 people have suffered multiple injuries. Syed Murad Ali Shah, the chief minister of Sindh, expressed appreciation for the US government’s attempts through USAID to improve Pakistan’s capacity for disaster management and engage with Sindh communities, which are most vulnerable to natural disasters. In the meantime, the Meteorological Department predicted thunderstorm with a few “strong” to “very heavy” falls and sporadic strong winds in various sections of on Friday.