President Alvi heaps praise on army for flood rescue and relief op
Thanks UN chief, world bodies and philanthropists for showing solidarity with flood survivors Urges lawmakers to step up efforts for bringing in betterment
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President Dr Arif Alvi has laid stress on measures to improve the economy, education, health, and agriculture and ensure women's empowerment.
In his address to the joint session of the parliament on Thursday, he pointed out that said that the floods caused immense problems for the country and its economy.
He heaped praise on the armed forces for their flood rescue and relief operation, saying the soldiers saved many lives in the calamity-hit areas.
He also appreciated the federal and provincial governments, disaster management authorities and non-governmental organizations and philanthropists for effective rescue and relief efforts and distribution of financial assistance.
The president said more than 1500 people lost their lives and houses, buildings and infrastructure were destroyed in the floods.
He said Pakistan was emitting less than one per cent of the global carbon emissions but facing severe issues due to climate change and global warming.
He expressed gratitude to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for visiting the flood-hit areas and meeting the flood survivors.
He lauded the United Nations for launching the flash appeal of $ 160 million in August and later for another appeal of $ 816 million and delivering aid to the flood victims in a coordinated manner.
He said it was time to prepare youth so that they could deliver medical assistance and other essential aid during emergencies and natural disasters.
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf chaired the session which marked the beginning of the new parliamentary year.