Envoy briefs Pakistani expats in Belgium on flood situation
Luxembourg – Pakistan’s Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg, Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, convened a meeting of senior members of the Belgium-based Pakistani community at the Chancellery on Sunday. The purpose of the meeting was to brief the Pakistani diaspora on the situation resulting from the flash floods across the country and to coordinate the provision of emergency aid from Belgium for the flood-affected population.
While pointing out that the ongoing rains have caused unprecedented damage and havoc in Pakistan, the Ambassador said that more than 1033 people including 348 children lost their lives and 1527 people were injured including 355 children.
Asad Majeed pointed out that more than 33 million people were badly affected by the floods and that the losses could be much greater than those of 2010. He explained that according to initial assessments, nearly 3,451.5 km of roads , 149 bridges, 949,858 houses were destroyed and 719,558 head of cattle were lost due to heavy rains in 116 affected districts, including 66 officially declared ‘disaster’ districts across Pakistan.
The Ambassador stressed that a massive relief operation is underway in the country with the NDMA, armed forces, civil society, philanthropists and welfare organizations working hard to reach those stranded with supplies including they badly need.
While updating the community on the establishment of the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for Flood Affected People, the Ambassador highlighted the procedure for channeling donations for flood victims through the IBAN numbers recently released by the State Bank of Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, community notables assured the Ambassador of their support in meeting the demands of rescue and relief operations across the country.
and agreed to further mobilize the community to raise resources to meet these demands.