UN chief says Pakistan on verge of health and hunger disaster

Guterres once again urges donors to support country’s rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts after cataclysmic floods

By: News Desk
Published: 01:21 PM, 8 Oct, 2022
UN chief says Pakistan on verge of health and hunger disaster
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UN Secretary-General António Guterres has once again urged the donors and relevant organizations to support the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts of Pakistan which he says is on the verge of a public health and severe hunger crises, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

Taking to his Twitter handle on Saturday, Guterres wrote: “Pakistan is on the verge of a public health disaster & severe hunger is spiking.

While the rains may have ceased, the effects of the floods will linger for years to come.

I urge donors & relevant organizations to support rehabilitation & reconstruction efforts.”

UN Secretary-General Guterres arrived Pakistan on Sept 9 and visited several areas ravaged by floods, calling for increased global financial support aimed at raising awareness of the disaster.

“Pakistan needs massive financial support. This is not a matter of generosity; it is a matter of justice…Today it's Pakistan, tomorrow it could be your country wherever you live. This is a global crisis ... it requires a global response,” Guterres told a news conference at the end of his visit.

On Oct 4, the United Nations launched a fresh appeal of over 800 million dollars for Pakistan flood victims on the basis of updated on-ground assessment of the situation in the country. 

Categories : Pakistan