December 1, 2022

ISLAMABAD:
The revised UN flash appeal will be jointly launched by the government and the United Nations today in Geneva, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The up-scaled flash appeal will be based on an updated on-ground needs assessment of the flood situation in the country. The revised 2022 Pakistan Floods Response Plan (FRP) will be shared at the event.

Ministerial level participation from the government will include Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman, attending the event in person in Geneva, and Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar participating virtually from Islamabad.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and Director General World Health Organisation Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will represent the UN, along with Resident Coordinator in Pakistan Julien Harneis.

The meeting will be attended by UN member states as well as various UN agencies and humanitarian organisations working in the area of disaster relief.

The FRP has been prepared in close coordination between the government and the UN, and focuses on providing necessary assistance to the vulnerable people affected by the unprecedented floods. It complements the government’s overall response to the recent climate-induced floods in the country.

Earlier, the UN revised its humanitarian appeal for Pakistan five-fold to $816 million from $160 million as it seeks to control a surge in water-borne diseases following the country’s worst floods in decades.

“There will be an increase in child morbidity and it will be pretty terrible unless we act rapidly to support the government in increasing the provision of health, nutrition and water and sanitation services across the affected areas,” Julien Harneis said at a Geneva briefing.

According to the National Flood Response Coordination Centre (NFRCC), the country has entered the second phase of flood rehabilitation.

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