President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said the government has mobilized all resources to provide rescue and relief to the people affected by the unprecedented floods, that have caused great human and infrastructural losses.
Talking to William Lacy Swing, Director General International Organization for Migration, an intergovernmental organization, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, he however said the scale of challenge was beyond the capacity of any developing or even developed nation to tackle alone.
The President appreciated the IOM for their prompt response in providing shelter and non-food items including tents and plastic sheeting rolls to the flood affected people.
The President urged the IOM to utilize its rich and diverse experience to support Pakistan’s efforts to distribute aid to the flood affected people in remote areas.
The President also thanked United Nation and said the UN Secretary General’s visit to the flood-hit areas and his appeal during the special Plenary Meeting of UN General Assembly has helped in creating awareness about the devastation caused by the flood.
He also appreciated the launch of US$460 million flash appeal by the UN for relief and immediate recovery.
The President also thanked the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank for agreeing to undertake a damage needs assessment.
He said Pakistan would need help from UN and other international relief organizations as well as friendly governments in rebuilding and reconstruction phase. The President assured government’s continued and full support to the organization in its pursuits.
William Lacy Swing briefed the President about activities of IOM for the flood-affected people and said that IOM was leading the Emergency Shelter Cluster of 40 international and national aid agencies.
He said it was working closely with the National Disaster Management Authority for distribution of tents, plastic sheets and non-food items. IOM also acts as consignee for all international assistance flights bringing aid in kind to Pakistan.
He said that IOM would implement a number of Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) to repair damaged infrastructure and provide short term employment to affected populations.
Besides this, IOM was supporting a joint appeal from the UN and the NDMA to Pakistanis nationwide to donate life saving aid items for flood victims, he said.
The campaign urges people to donate essentials including buckets, steel cups, and plates, saucepans, cooking pots, mosquito nets, sanitary napkins, soaps, shampoo, towel, mugs hair brushes and other non-food items.