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Pakistani PM Shahbaz Sharif said that his country full of floods is facing shortage of food

Pakistan’s prime minister says his government is grappling with food shortages after months of deadly floods in the poor country

Pakistan’s prime minister says his government is grappling with food shortages after months of deadly floods in the poor country

PM tells Turkish President over phone Pakistan is facing food shortage after deadly floods increased efforts.

Shahbaz Sharif spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan overnight and thanked Turkey for sending food, tents and medicine by 12 military planes, four trains and Turkish Red Crescent trucks. The International Rescue Committee has estimated that the floods have damaged more than 3.6 million acres of crops in Pakistan.

A government statement said Mr Sharif briefed Mr Erdogan about the government’s relief activities and sought Turkey’s assistance to overcome the “food shortage”. Mr Sharif also sought help from Turkey on the reconstruction work in the flood-affected areas.

More than 660,000 people, including women and children, are living in relief camps and makeshift homes after floods damaged their homes across the country and forced them to move to safer places. Pakistan, the country’s army, UN agencies and local charities are providing food to these flood victims.

Pakistan depends heavily on its agriculture and sometimes exports its surplus wheat to Afghanistan and other countries. It is now in talks to import badly needed wheat and vegetables, including those not directly affected by the floods.

Meanwhile, the prices of vegetables and other food items have started increasing.

As of last week, floodwaters were covering nearly a third of Pakistan, including the country’s agricultural belt in eastern Punjab and southern Sundh province which are the main food basket. Initially, Pakistan said the flood caused $10 billion in damages, but officials said the damage was much higher than initial estimates.

This has forced Pakistan and the United Nations to urge the international community to send more help.

In response, UN agencies and various countries, including the United States, have sent more than 60 payloads of aid. Since last week, Washington has sent three military planes to deliver food.

According to a State Department statement, three more US military aircraft carrying aid landed in Pakistan’s flood-hit southern Sindh province on Monday. Ten such flights have come in the region so far.

Washington set up a humanitarian air bridge a few days ago to deliver aid through 20 flights to flood-ravaged Pakistan, which will reach Pakistan before September 16. US officials also plan to distribute cash among those in need.

UN chief’s visit to Pakistan

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, center right and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, interact with children at a school set up in a flood relief camp in Jafrabad, Pakistan.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, center right and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, interact with children at a school set up in a flood relief camp in Jafrabad, Pakistan. , photo credit: AP

Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a Pakistan visit visited flood affected areasWhere the flood caused by the flood is still causing damage.

Mr Guterres has called on the world to stop “sleep walking” through the dreaded environmental crisis. He assured Sharif in a meeting with him that he would do his best to highlight the plight of Pakistanis facing the floods.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal told a news conference on Monday that Pakistani officials and international aid agencies were assessing the damage caused by the floods that affected 33 million people. He said that the government will move forward with transparency in the distribution of aid.

Meanwhile, a major international aid group, the IRC, warned on Monday of mounting economic damage that could lead to food shortages and an increase in violence against women. In a statement, the group said the floods destroyed more than 3.6 million acres of crops in Pakistan.

“The huge loss of agriculture and agriculture is likely to be felt in the coming months and years. Shabnam Baloch, director of the IRC in Pakistan, said it is important that the humanitarian response is fully funded to give the people of Pakistan the best chance of rebuilding their lives.

He said so far IRC has reached out to 29,000 women and girls with assistance in flood-affected areas.

The deluge from the rising Indus river and Lake Manchar in Sindh province still posed a threat to Dadu, a district in the south, where rescue teams using boats were on Monday evacuating villagers to safer places. According to the Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of light rain in the flood-affected areas this week.

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