Pakistan has refused humanitarian aid to Bangladesh to help it cope with the financial and human suffering caused by severe floods caused by climate change-induced record rains and melting glaciers.
Yesterday Wednesday (September 14) the Indian news agency Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported this information.
Bangladesh has offered to provide 1 crore 40 lakh taka (about one and a half million US dollars) in aid to Pakistan to deal with the flood situation.
On September 1, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief of Bangladesh allotted 10 tons of biscuits, 10 tons of dry cakes, 10 water purification tablets, 50 thousand packets of oral saline, 5 thousand mosquito nets, 2 thousand blankets, 2 thousand tents to Pakistan.
Pakistan received international relief assistance to cope with the severe flood situation. Although humanitarian aid is given to Pakistan by various countries of the world, it is insufficient compared to the demand.
According to Pakistan’s National Flood Response Coordination Center (NFRCC), the economic losses due to the floods could be more than 40 billion US dollars. Although it was initially feared that the loss could be 18 billion US dollars.
Pakistan has faced worst floods in the country’s history. About one and a half thousand people lost their lives in the country due to floods. Besides, many houses, roads, bridges were damaged by flood water.
One-third of the country’s territory was submerged in flood waters. Out of the country’s total population of 22 crore, more than 33.3 million people have been affected.