President EU Council phones PM Shehbaz, condolences on loss of precious lives in floods

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ISLAMABAD, AUG 30 /DNA/ – Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif received a telephone call from Charles Michel, President of the European Council, today.

The President EU Council offered his condolences on the loss of precious lives and material damage as a result of devastating floods in Pakistan. The Prime Minister thanked the EU President for his expression of solidarity and appreciated the EU’s support of 2.15 million Euros for flood affectees in Pakistan.

 Briefing the EU President on the widespread destruction caused across Pakistan due to unprecedented rainfall, the Prime Minister said that the floods have caused extensive loss of human lives, livelihoods, livestock, crops, property and infrastructure. The Prime Minister added that, most regrettably, the situation was likely to deteriorate further as rains were expected to continue over areas already submerged by more than two months of flooding.

 The Prime Minister also apprised the EU President of the efforts undertaken by the Government, which includelarge scale humanitarian response for people in the affected areas, by immediate dispatch and distribution of food, medicine and relief material to those affected by floods. The Government has also established a Relief Fund for people all over the country and made arrangements for people overseas to donate to the flood relief efforts.

 The Prime Minister shared that a “UN Flash Appeal” would be launched on 30 August 2022 and expressed the hope that the international community would contribute towards meeting the funding requirements endorsed by the UN.