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ISLAMABAD: The United Nations and the government of Pakistan on Tuesday jointly launched a flash appeal, “2022 Pakistan Floods Response Plan (FRP)”, amounting to US$ 160.3 million to assist the national efforts in dealing with the catastrophic floods which have killed over 1,100 people and overall affected more than 33 million people in the country.

The “2022 Pakistan Floods Response Plan (FRP)” was jointly launched by the government of Pakistan and the United Nations, simultaneously in Islamabad and Geneva in the backdrop of devastating rains, floods and landslides that have impacted more than 33 million people in various parts of Pakistan.

Over 1,100 people including over 350 children have lost their lives, more than 1,600 people have been injured, over 287,000 houses have been fully and 662,000 partially destroyed, over 735,000 livestock have perished and two million acres of crops have been adversely impacted, besides severe damage to communications infrastructure.

The FRP focuses on the needs of 5.2 million people, with life-saving response activities amounting to US$ 160.3 million covering food security, assistance for agriculture and livestock, shelter and non-food items, nutrition programmes, primary health services, protection, water and sanitation, women’s health, and education support, as well as shelter for displaced people.

The FRP highlights the main humanitarian needs, the efforts and steps taken by the Government of Pakistan to handle these challenges in collaboration with the UN and other partners, and sets out a well-coordinated and inclusive plan of action to respond to the needs of the affected people.

Tens of millions battle floods

The FRP is holistic, with a multi-sectoral approach covering the thematic clusters of food security and agriculture, health, nutrition, education, protection, shelter and non-food items, water, sanitation and hygiene. Moreover, Pakistan continues to host more than three million Afghans with generosity and compassion, and like previous occasions, at least 421,000 refugees living in flood-affected areas are included in the FRP.

In his keynote address on the occasion, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that the government’s efforts are being supported by the Pakistani nation with people, civil society and humanitarian organisations stepping forward in a big way to complement the relief work with our characteristic generosity and philanthropic spirit.

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