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Was There A Flood In Pakistan According to a Monday UN assessment, acute food insecurity in Pakistan is likely to escalate. In the coming months, if the country’s economic and political upheaval worsens the 2022 floods, Dawn said.

The FAO-WFP report, ‘Hunger Hotspots: FAO-WFP Early Warnings on Severe Food Insecurity’, covers June to November 2023.

It stated that growing public debt has exacerbated Pakistan’s chronic financial difficulties amid the global economic collapse. According to Dawn, a Pakistani English daily, the government must repay USD 77.5 billion in external debt between April 2023 and June 2026, a large figure given the country’s GDP of USD 350 billion in 2021.

The report also states that political instability and slow reforms prohibit the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from releasing a key new credit line and bilateral support.

As instability rises in the northwest, the political crisis and civil unrest are expected to worsen before the October 2023 national elections. According to the report, a shortage of foreign reserves and a weakening currency are decreasing the country’s ability to buy food and energy, raising food prices, and forcing widespread energy cuts.

Last year’s floods destroyed PKR 30 billion in agriculture, worsening the situation. Was There A Flood In Pakistan

The research predicts 8.5 million severe food insecurity cases between September and December 2022.

The analysis predicts that economic and political issues would diminish people’s purchasing. Power and the ability to buy food and other essentials worsen food insecurity and malnutrition.

Floods killed animals and reduced food production and livelihood opportunities. Are projected to deteriorate food security during the forecast period.

According to Dawn, Afghanistan’s coal and grain export income may suffer. If Pakistan’s economic and political problems and border security intensify.

The research also recommended boosting national and provincial disaster management. Organizations’ forecast-based financing and risk insurance capabilities in sectoral contingency plans.

The paper suggests making social protection programs like the Benazir Income Support Programme. More shock-responsive to improve preventive action and humanitarian response.

86 Dead, 151 Injured in Pakistan Rain Fury: Report
ARY News reported six deaths and nine injuries in Pakistan’s torrential rainfall in the past 24 hours. Was There A Flood In Pakistan

Islamabad:

Since June 25, Pakistan-based ARY News reported 86 deaths and 151 injuries from monsoon rains, citing the National Disaster Management Authority.

According to ARY News, the NDMA reported six deaths and nine injuries from severe rainfall in Pakistan in the past 24 hours.

NDMA reports 86 deaths and 151 injuries, including 16 women and 37 children.

Meanwhile, torrential rain has destroyed 97 homes nationwide.

The severe rains killed 52 people in Punjab, the highest. An NDMA study said 20 people died in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and six in Balochistan, ARY News reported.

In April, the NDMA forecast that 72% of Pakistan would experience disastrous floods in 2023. NDMA chairman Lieutenant General Inam Haider told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that rapid temperature rise, glacier melting, and early monsoon can cause floods.

Haider said the NDMA and Pakistan’s Climate Change Ministry monitor 17 satellites and 36 flood early warning systems. The report stated Pakistan would face a major economic crisis if severe floods like last year again.

Dawn reported on Saturday that two roofs collapsed in Lahore’s Azhar Town and Shahdara Town neighborhoods during Punjab’s rainy season, injuring at least nine persons. Dawn said that the rescue agency reported no serious injuries.

All injured people were brought to nearby hospitals for treatment, the report stated. River flooding was warned to Punjab’s relief commissioner Nabeel Javed at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) control center.

Pakistan Requests US Assistance for $1.1 Billion IMF Loan: Report
Last year’s floods inundated large parts of the country, killed 1,700 people, and shook the economy.

Pakistan:

Dawn newspaper reported on Thursday that Pakistan has asked Washington to unblock a delay. IMF deal that would provide $1.1 billion to its beleaguered economy as it rebuilds following last year’s floods.

The IMF and Pakistan inked a $6 billion rescue in 2019. Which was topped up by $1.1 billion last year, but with requirements to reduce the budget deficit before the loan was disbursed.

With interest rates at 17%, inflation at 24.5% in December, and foreign reserves only covering three weeks of imports, the South Asian nation needs external financing.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar hosted a US Treasury mission on Wednesday. Sources informed Dawn that he told them Pakistan would honor its international commitments and was making “very tough decisions” including raising natural gas and power tariffs.

“However, he pointed out, Pakistan required breathing space as industry and agriculture had passed through most challenging times after the devastating floods,” the Pakistani English-language publication reported.

The finance ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Last year’s floods inundated large parts of the country, killed 1,700 people, and shook the economy.

 

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