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U.N. Secretary-General Guterres visits flood-ravaged Pakistan provinces

KARACHI, Pakistan U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday toured Pakistans flood-ravaged Sindh and Baluchistan provinces each day after saying the planet is obligated to supply massive levels of relief to the impoverished country.

Guterres was on the next day of a two-day stop by at Pakistan, which includes been devastated by months of heavy monsoon rains and flooding. At the very least 1,396 people have already been killed, 12,728 injured and millions left homeless. The waters also destroyed road and communications infrastructure.

Guterres toured flood-affected regions of the district of Sukkur in southern Sindh province and Osta Mohammad in southwest Baluchistan province a few of the worst affected regions of the united states.

Pakistan needs today massive financial support to overcome this crisis, he said. This is simply not a matter of generosity, it is a matter of justice.

Miles of cotton and sugarcane crops, banana orchards and vegetable fields in both provinces were submerged in floodwaters. A large number of mud and brick homes caved within the deluge leaving people homeless and sheltering in tents alongside damaged roads.

Guterres comments came after he was briefed by chief minister of Sindh province Murad Ali Shah on the destruction in his province. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif plus some of his Cabinet members accompanied the U.N.s top official during his visit.

Pakistan has suffered under extremely heavy monsoon rains which started early this season in mid-June. Experts have blamed global warming for the first start and the heavier than normal rains.

Humanity has been waging war on nature and nature strikes back, Guterres said. We have to stop the madness which we used nature.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, second from left, walks through the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Mohenjo Daro damaged by flood waters in Sindh province province on September 10, 2022.
US Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (second from left) walks Saturday through the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Mohenjo Daro that has been damaged by flood waters.Muhammad Daud / AFP via Getty Images

Guterres expressed solidarity with the Pakistani people and said the U.N. use its limited resources to greatly help and request that those people who have the ability to support Pakistan, do it and take action massively.

Up to now, U.N. agencies and many countries have sent nearly 60 planeloads of aid, and authorities say the United Arab Emirates has been probably the most generous contributors, sending 26 flights carrying aid for flood victims.

Since June, the heavy rains and floods have added a fresh degree of grief to cash-strapped Pakistan and highlighted the disproportionate aftereffect of climate change on impoverished populations.

Experts say Pakistan is in charge of only 0.4% of the worlds historic emissions which are blamed for climate change. The U.S. is in charge of 21.5%, China for 16.5% and europe for 15%.

The U.N. chief also visited camps for displaced flood victims in Larkana district. Guterres was briefed there by officials concerning the situation and threat to the protected archeological sites of Mohenjo Daro on the list of earliest ruins of human civilization.

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