Shehbaz leaves for NY to attend UNGA’s 77th session n PM attends state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II n Normalcy returns to all major rivers except Indus: FFC.
ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Monday said that global conversation on Pakistan’s flood devastation should focus on the plight of children.
In a tweet, he said disaster has adversely affected millions of children with over 500 dead. He urged the world to have a clarion call for swift action to rebuild the lives and future of flood-affected children. “Global conversation on Pakistan’s flood devastation should focus on the plight of children. Disaster has adversely affected millions of children with over 500 dead. Let these children not be an arithmetic but a clarion call for swift action to rebuild their lives & future,” tweets PM. The total death toll from the devastating monsoon floods across the country on Monday was reported as 1,545 amid property losses whereas no one died in the past 24 hours. Moreover, 12,860 individuals were reported injured since the onset of the rainy season.
The water level in the Manchhar Lake, one of the largest freshwater reserves in the country, further receded on Monday with officials expecting the situation to return to “complete normalcy”, provided that the water continued to flow to the River Indus without any disruption. Manchhar Lake has been the main source of the threat, compelling authorities to breach its protective dykes and other structures along its paths in an attempt to divert the flow of water towards less populated areas and prevent flooding in densely populated regions.
Photo exhibition at UN Secretariat, New York
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that on the directions of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has setup a photo exhibition at the UN Secretariat lobby in New York displaying the destruction wreaked in Pakistan by recent floods. In a tweet, she said the exhibition will remain on display during the UN General Assembly session this week.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued a 24-hour situation report released on routine basis that accounted overall life, property and infrastructure losses due to the heavy rains which lashed out various parts of the country.
The water inundation in many areas due to heavy rains and flash floods caused damage to 14,384 houses and killed 15,910 livestock animals in the flood-hit areas including 3,714 fully damaged and 10,670 got partially damaged during rains.
However the cumulative damages so far stated that almost 12,716 km road, 374 bridges and 19,58,362 houses got damaged and 959,819 livestock animals got killed due to the heavy rains in various districts of all the provinces including that of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
The NDMA report highlighted that 81 districts across the country were notified as calamity hit areas with some 33,046,329 people affected, 179,281 individuals rescued in various rescue operations and 546,288 people inhabited in camps. The joint surveys for damage assessment were started in 30 districts of Balochistan and some 32 teams were deployed for the survey that was likely to be completed by September 25.
In GB, six teams were deployed in the region that started the survey from September 12 and was expected to complete by September 20.
In Punjab, three survey teams were deployed in the field that initiated the survey from September 12 and was expected to complete by September 30. In KP, some six teams were on the ground to initiate the survey that commenced on September 15 and would be completed by October 15.
In Sindh, the survey would commence as soon as practically possible and was expected to commence from September 25.
Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif at the conclusion of his visit to the United Kingdom on Monday left for New York to represent Pakistan at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The prime minister, who was in London to attend the final rites of Queen Elizabeth-II, left for New York from Luton airport to attend the High-Level General Debate of the UNGA session scheduled from September 20 to 26 at the UN Headquarters.
On his arrival at the John F Kennedy International Airport of New York, he will be received by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Washington Masood Khan and other senior officers.
On September 20, the prime minister will attend a reception to be hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. On the same day, he will also meet French President Emmanuel Macron, Austrian chancellor and Spanish president.
A meeting with President of the European Union Council Charles Michel and participation in the Global Food Security Summit to be hosted by the president of Senegal and African Union is also on the agenda of the prime minister’s visit.
On September 21, he will meet Managing Director of International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva and President of World Bank David Malpass, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Besides meeting with the UNGA president, the prime minister will also attend a dinner reception to be hosted by US President Joe Biden.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will also host a luncheon reception in honour of the Turkish president and his spouse, besides meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.
Meetings with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Chinese President Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese PM Fumio Kishida are also part of the prime minister’s engagements. He will also meet Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel and Malaysian PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob on the same day.