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Pakistan received $ 90.2m from China for flood relief​


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ISLAMABAD (INP): As large swaths of Pakistan are inundated by floodwaters and over 33 million people have been affected by the unprecedented monsoon rain-triggered floods, China’s continuous response efforts for Pakistan have exceeded 644.1 million RMB (equivalent to US$90.2 million).

According to Gwadar Pro, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan shared details about China’s support for Pakistan in flood relief. As per details, the Chinese government extended support of RMB 400 million, the Chinese Army RMB 100 million, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries donated RMB 125 million, and the Red Cross Society of China provided RMB 2.1 million. “All walks of life in China are motivated to assist Pakistan in fighting the floods. In the face of disaster, China stands with Pakistan, “reads a statement shared on the Embassy’s official Twitter account.

The monsoon rains and floods have affected over 33 million people in the country as well as killed 1678 people and left 12864 others injured. As per NDMA’s latest updates, 2,045,349 houses have been totally or partially damaged. The floods also damaged 13,074 km of roads and 410 bridges. Several Pakistan-based Chinese companies are also taking part in relief activities while the Chinese government is also expected to help the country in rehabilitation activities.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other Pakistani officials have time and again expressed profound gratitude to President Xi Jinping and the government of China for their sincere efforts and financial assistance during this critical time. China and Pakistan have a long history of helping each other during natural disasters and calamities. The continued assistance from Beijing for the victims of floods in Pakistan has once again proved that China is a devoted friend? you can count on it to be there in weal and woe.
 

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UN dramatically hikes Pakistan flood aid appeal​

Revised ‘2022 Pakistan Floods Response Plan’ will be launched by government on Oct 4 in Geneva

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October 03, 2022


GENEVA: The United Nations has revised up 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, an official said on Monday.

Nearly 1,700 people have been killed in floods caused by heavy monsoon rains and melting glaciers in a crisis that the government and the UN have blamed on climate change.

"We are now entering a second wave of death and destruction" Julien Harneis, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan said at a Geneva briefing.

"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," he said.

On the basis of updated on-ground needs assessment of the floods situation in the country, an up-scaled flash appeal is being jointly launched by Pakistan and the United Nations (UN) on October 4 (Tuesday) in Geneva. The revised ‘2022 Pakistan Floods Response Plan’ would be shared at the event, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

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

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and World Health Organisation Director General 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 Floods Response Plan has been prepared in close coordination between the government of Pakistan and the United Nations, 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 Pakistan.
 

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Germany has pledged an additional 10 million euros in aid for emergency care and services for flood victims of Pakistan, especially for children.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced the financial assistance at a joint press conference along with her Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in Berlin on Friday.
 

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UK announces additional £10m of aid for flood relief efforts in Pakistan

Amin Ahmed
October 14, 2022

The United Kingdom on Friday announced an additional £10 million of life-saving humanitarian aid for flood relief efforts in Pakistan, bringing the country’s total contribution to £26.5m.

Out of the total aid from the UK, £21.5m has been allotted to the relief efforts in the areas worst hit by the flooding. The remaining £5m will go directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Pakistan Floods Appeal.

The floods in Pakistan this year have left more than 30m people homeless and killed nearly 1,700, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.

The stagnant water in several parts of Sindh has given a rise to diseases such as malaria and dengue. The United Nations has sounded alarm over an impending “second disaster” of disease and death in the province.

On Friday, British Minister of State for South Asia, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, arrived in Pakistan for a visit to flood-affected areas.

According to a British Embassy press release, he will meet key government counterparts, community leaders, and aid agencies to discuss the response to the humanitarian crisis and long-term recovery for the country.

The additional extra £10m will be spent on “urgent life-saving needs such as providing shelter, water, and sanitation to prevent waterborne diseases,” it said, elaborating that the funds will focus on supporting people who were still displaced and those returning to their land by helping re-establish communal water supplies.

“During his visit to Pakistan, Lord Ahmad will meet Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and other government counterparts to discuss the impact of the floods, visit the areas most affected and speak with key UK-funded aid agencies on the ground in Sindh,” the press release added.

Meanwhile, in a statement following his arrival in Islamabad, Lord Ahmad said the UK has expressed the resolve to help the people of Pakistan recover from the recent devastating floods. “Our support will help tackle the spread of waterborne diseases and improve access to clean water, sanitation, medical care, and shelter across the country.

“We are working night and day with Pakistan and our international partners to ensure that UK aid reaches the hardest hit areas.”

The UK will support Pakistan’s economic recovery and resilience against future climate disasters, Lord Ahmad vowed.

“The UK’s new ‘Developing Countries Trading Scheme’ will help grow trade by giving duty-free access to 94 per cent of goods exported from Pakistan to the UK,” he added.

In addition to the UK’s £26.5m donation in humanitarian funding, a UK Royal Air Force flight recently delivered eight boats and ten portable generators for use in flood relief operations.
 

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Pakistan suffered climate-induced losses worth $29bn: World Bank

Amin Ahmed
October 16, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Weather- and climate-related disasters have affected over 75 million Pakistanis in the past three decades, with estimated economic losses of over $29 billion, or roughly $1billion a year, latest World Bank report estimated.

The projected temperature extremes will progressively amplify the negative impacts on human health, livelihoods, and ecosystems that Pakistan is already experiencing, said the report titled “From Swimming in Sand to High and Sustainable Growth: A Roadmap to Reduce Distortions in the Allocation of Resources and Talent in the Pakistani Economy”.

The report explained Pakistan’s climate has been changing in recent decades and the country faced rates of warming that are considerably above the global average.

From 1999 to 2002, droughts in Sindh and Balochistan provinces killed two million livestock and required emergency relief to provide drinking water and food to farming communities. Even minimal changes in precipitation patterns over prolonged periods can alter Pakistan’s food production by placing greater pressure on the water resources that the country’s irrigation network depends on.

Except for the northern mountainous region, projected yield declines are widespread, particularly for crops such as cotton, wheat, sugarcane, maize, and rice.

Since 1993, crop yields in Pakistan have increased 78pc.

From a geographical point of view, this increase in yields was driven by increases in Punjab and Sindh, which increased their yields by 95pc and 87pc, respectively. Conversely, yields in KP only increased by 27pc, while those in Balochistan fell by 13pc.

All provinces heavily increased the use of capital like tractors, tube wells, threshers and fertilizer per hectare, while all provinces other than Punjab also increased the amount of labour used per land at a rate higher than yield growth, implying that the increase in yields by hectare was mainly driven by more intensive use of productive inputs rather than by an increase in productivity, the report notes.

Crop district-level analysis of total factor productivity (TFP) revealed a generalised contraction in agriculture TFP in Pakistan, accentuated since the turn of the century. Aggregating the crop district level results at the national level shows that TFP declined at an annual average rate of minus 1.2pc. The decline in TFP is explained by performance deterioration since the turn of the century.

Between 1993 and 1998, the TFP for crops grew by 21pc, or an average 3.9pc per year. Since then, TFP has been contracting at an average rate of 2.3pc per year.

Highly diverse regional performance indicates that Punjab and Sindh experienced increases in TFP, but KP and Balochistan experienced large TFP declines. Within Punjab, all agro-climatic zones increased TFP except for the Barani zone, while in Sindh, growth was driven by the cotton-wheat growing areas.

Farm-level analysis of productivity in Punjab also reveals a contraction in the average productivity in wheat, rice and cotton farms, while it shows an increase in sugarcane farms. The results obtained from a systematic analysis of farm-level data in Punjab between 2013 and 2019 show that the simple average TFP across farms declined in wheat, rice, and cotton farms, but increased in the case of sugarcane farms.

The drivers of aggregate productivity growth can shed some light on the extent of misallocation of resources in crop agriculture in Punjab.

Published in Dawn, October 16th, 2022
 

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What are the chances that Pakistani government and military is not doing enough in terms of flood relief and resettlement efforts so they can use it as a tool for delaying repayments of debt etc.
 

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What are the chances that Pakistani government and military is not doing enough in terms of flood relief and resettlement efforts so they can use it as a tool for delaying repayments of debt etc.
The finance minister has already rescheduled all debts whenever the lender has agreed. There is no need for underhand tactics as the whole world knows the state of Pakistan finances. Reality is, there is never going to be enough resources to provide relief and resettlement.
 

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Perhaps none but pakistan is affected by climate change which is linked to wealthy nations who are also lenders.
What other "poor" country is not affected by climate change?

Also climate change didn't come out of nowhere. It's been an ongoing topic of discussion for decades. What did Pakistan do in the last 30yrs to mitigate the damage from future?
 

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