During the monsoon rains of last year, Pakistan experienced unprecedented flooding, which resulted in widespread damage and the loss of more than 1,700 lives.
In Karachi, Ambassador Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki met with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Shah and learned about plans to construct homes with basic amenities for flood-affected residents. The Chief Minister emphasized the need to remodel the agriculture and irrigation sectors, which he views as a significant challenge. He also expressed his determination to fulfill the promise of rehabilitation with the help of donations from the recent donor’s conference.
As part of his congratulations on the success of the donor’s conference, the Saudi Ambassador assured the Sindh Chief Minister that Saudi Arabia would provide assistance in the construction of homes for flood victims.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif launched an $8 billion aid appeal at the International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan held in Geneva last month in response to the devastating floods that ravaged the country. Over $10.5 billion in flood pledges were secured by the cash-strapped nation, which will be implemented over three phases: short-term (up to one year), medium-term (up to three years), and long-term (up to 5-7 years).
As a country with a $350 billion economy, Pakistan secured commitments totaling $8.57 billion by the end of the first session of the plenary and an additional $2 billion in the second session. As a result of this support from the international community, the country will be able to rebuild and recover from the damages caused by the floods.