The event, led by Secretary-General António Guterres, will review work in support of the country’s efforts in the wake of the phenomenon that has caused incalculable damage.
In 2022, heavy rains and landslides claimed more than 1,100 lives, including more than 350 children; 1,600 people were injured and more than 287,000 houses were completely destroyed and 662,000 were partially destroyed.
“The people of Pakistan are facing a monsoon due to steroids. “This gigantic crisis requires urgent collective action to help the government and people of Pakistan in these times of need,” the United Nations’ top official warned in August 2022.
Then the multilateral forum and the Pakistani government launched a response plan worth more than $160 million in Islamabad and Geneva.
The initiative, called Pakistan Flood Response Plan 2022, aimed to meet the needs of 5.2 million people, including food security provisions and support for agriculture and livestock.
Support for those affected was also promoted with, among other things, shelter and non-food items, nutrition programs, primary health services, protection, water and sanitation.
More than 12 months later, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that around four million children still need humanitarian assistance and access to vital services as funding constraints continue to hamper the recovery.
At the end of August, the agency estimated that eight million people, about half of them children, were still living without access to clean water in the affected areas.
At the same time, more than 1.5 million children in these districts still need vital nutritional assistance, according to Unicef.