Over 3.3m people displaced due to floods: Shazia Marri

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KARACHI,: Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety, Shazia Atta Marri Tuesday said the recent heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have caused large-scale devastation in several districts of Balochistan, Sindh, KPK and Punjab, leaving over 3.3 million people displaced.

Addressing a joint press conference along with Sindh Government’s spokesperson Barrister Murtaza Wahab, she said no country could escape from the devastation and destruction of the climate change.

She said those countries who were not contributing in climate change had been suffering more and same had happened in Pakistan’s case.

Pakistan contributes less than 1% of carbon emission and developed and rich countries are responsible for carbon emissions and climate change, such countries should come forward to help flood victims, she maintained.

Shazia Marri said woes and miseries of the flood-hit people were many times higher than one can imagine, adding that the attention of the world had finally turned towards Pakistan for the assistance of flood victims.

She thanked the international organizations including different agencies of the United Nations, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Food Program and other international organizations for extending their full support and assistance to the flood affectees.

She said federal government was taking every possible effort to help the flood affectees, but the devastation of recent floods were on such a large scale that it was difficult for any government to control such a disaster. The rehabilitation of flood-hit areas and people was the top priority of the government.

She told that flood affectees were given financial assistance through Benazir Income Support Programme in the country adding that PM Shehbaz Sharif had announced Rs. 25,000 for each flood affected family.

Giving details about the cash distribution program, she said the program started from Balochistan on August 19 and later extended to deserving families of Sindh, KPK and Punjab. Approximately Rs. 25.49 billion had been distributed among 1.21 million deserving families, she added.

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