Hollywood’s Angelina Jolie arrived in Pakistan last week to support and directly speak to families affected by the floods. On Thursday, she shared photos from her visit and wrote: “Last week I was in Pakistan with International Rescue Committee and local organizations, to witness the devastation caused by severe flooding which submerged 1/3 of the country’s land.” The Maleficent actor also stated that 33 million people had been affected with over 6 million in dire need of “emergency humanitarian assistance”.
Facebook-parent Meta Platforms Inc announced on Wednesday that it would donate Rs125 million for flood relief efforts in Pakistan. The amount, which will be given to Unicef, HANDS, and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), would “support emergency aid, food, water, sanitation and help children get back to school” in the country, the company said in a press release.
According to the reports, the economic losses following floods as calculated by the Centre and endorsed by the provinces have gone up further to the tune of $17-$18 billion. The economic losses have further increased mainly because crops have been destroyed across 8.25 million acres as compared to an initial estimation of 4.2 million acres. Cotton, rice, and minor crops have been damaged and now wheat sowing is under threat.
Islamabad: Pakistani authorities are struggling to prevent the country's biggest lake from bursting its banks and inundating nearby towns after unprecedented flooding, while the disaster management agency on Monday raised its toll of flood deaths by another 24. Pakistan's National Disaster Management Agency stated that record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in northern mountains had brought floods that had affected 33 million people and killed at least 1,314, including 458 children.