As floods triggered by historic monsoon rains wreaked havoc across the country, Muslim countries on Saturday stepped up efforts for the provision of humanitarian aid.
According to UAE's WAM news agency, President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the provision of urgent relief aid to Pakistan, which is witnessing torrential rains and floods that have resulted in deaths, injuries and displacements.
"President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed also ordered the provision of all humanitarian relief services to the displaced to enhance their ability to overcome the challenges they are facing," it added.
The UAE relief aid includes some 3,000 tonnes of food supplies, as well as tonnes of medical and pharmaceutical supplies, in addition to tents and shelter materials.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, issues his directives to provide emergency relief and assistance to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as it's several regions witnessing torrential rains and floods which resulted in deaths, injuries and displacements https://t.co/TXK0Qe0ZQe— UAE Embassy PK (@uaeembassyisb) August 27, 2022
The UAE relief teams will also provide all kinds of humanitarian support to Pakistani cadres and institutions concerned with efforts to secure the safety of the affected and their food, medical and logistical needs, the statement said.
In a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the president of the UAE conveyed his heartfelt condolences over the loss of precious lives due to torrential rains and flash floods in different parts of Pakistan.
"His Highness expressed firm solidarity with the people of Pakistan in this difficult time and wished all the injured a speedy recovery," said a statement.
The UAE president offered all possible assistance to the Pakistan to tackle this natural calamity. In this context, he apprised the prime minister that the UAE would be immediately dispatching food supplies as well as medical and pharmaceutical supplies, in addition to tents and shelter materials.
The prime minister briefed the UAE president on the nationwide devastation caused by the unprecedented monsoon rains in the country.
The prime minister also acknowledged the ongoing relief work of the UAE Red Crescent and the Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation in the flood-affected areas.
PM Shehbaz thanked the president for UAE’s timely assistance to support the government’s efforts in rescue and relief efforts.
PM Shehbaz also received a telephone call from President of Iran Syed Ebrahim Raisi. The premier thanked President Raisi for his sympathy on the flood situation, stressing that Pakistan had been enduring severe monsoon weather since mid-June 2022, with many areas receiving four to five times and even more.
"This had caused widespread flooding and landslides, with extreme repercussions for human lives, livelihoods, livestock, property and infrastructure," he said.
Shehbaz underlined that the humanitarian situation was being compounded by drastic impact to infrastructure including roads and bridges, which was impeding both the passage of people to safer locations and the delivery of aid.
Highlighting the government’s efforts in this regard, the prime minister shared that Pakistan had prepared a “UN Flash Appeal” which would be launched on Tuesday.
He expressed the hope that the international community would contribute towards meeting the funding requirements of the Flash Appeal.
In the bilateral context, PM Shehbaz reaffirmed commitment to boost relations in all areas. He also conveyed appreciation for Iran’s steadfast support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
President Raisi conveyed solidarity with Pakistan and assured his country’s all-out support in relief assistance in all areas.
PM Shehbaz also received a telephone call from President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The PM briefed the Turkish president on the latest situation on floods in Pakistan and the government’s efforts to provide relief on an emergency basis.
The prime minister highlighted that Pakistan had been enduring unprecedented monsoon weather since mid-June 2022, with record rainfall.
"This had caused massive devastation in various parts of the country, resulting in loss of human lives, livelihoods and extensive damage to infrastructure," he added.
PM Shehbaz remarked that despite that the rainfall had severely damaged infrastructure, the government was making all efforts to reach out to affected areas and assist people in their relocation and through delivery of aid.
In the bilateral context, PM Shehbaz reaffirmed commitment to boost relations in all areas. He also thanked President Erdogan for Turkiye’s unflinching support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
President Erdogan commiserated with PM Shehbaz on loss of lives and extensive damage due to severe rainfall and floods. He added that Turkiye would always support Pakistan.
“We are deeply saddened that the severe flood disasters, which are ongoing and intensified in the last few days in Pakistan, claimed the lives of many Pakistani brothers and sisters, and caused extensive damage," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkiye said in a statement.
“We wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives, convey our condolences to the friendly and brotherly government and people of Pakistan, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”
“Turkiye has started preparations to extend the necessary relief to the Pakistani brothers and sisters who have been affected by the flood disasters and has planned to send a Turkish aircraft carrying humanitarian aid to Pakistan,” the ministry added.