Diplomatic (Korea ready to boost Pakistan’s disaster-resilience: Korean Ambassador)


ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Pakistan, Dr Song Jong Hwan, Monday called on Federal Minister For Climate Change Mr Mushahid Ullah Khan and expressed grief and sorrow regarding deaths, large-scale losses and damages caused by torrential rains and floods in the country.

“Our Korean government is deeply aggrieved over deaths and losses the people of Pakistan have suffered because of devastating floods and heavy rains, particularly in Pakistan’s northwest and southeast parts. We will extend every possible support to Pakistan in this time of trouble to help people, who have been displaced by the floods, to rebuild their socio-economic lives and stand up on their feet.”

The ambassador also assured the minister to boost bilateral ties in the field of disaster management, weather forecasting, climate resilience in building, agriculture, water and energy sectors to be able to deal with vagaries of climate change and adapt to rapidly shifting weather patterns and mitigate impacts of extreme weather events.

Mushahidullah Khan lauded the Korean government for expressing sympathy with the people affected by ongoing climate change-induced disaster, which continue to afflict various parts of the country, spewing deaths and damages.

“We also thank the Korean government for offering every possible support in this need of the hour to Pakistan for rebuilding the lives of the affected people and boost country’s disaster-resilience in different socio-economic sectors,” the minister told the Korean Ambassador.

Sharing details of losses and damages, the Senator Mushahidullah Khan told the ambassador that over 51 people have died, over 1648 houses have been damaged in 451 flood-hit villages in various parts of the country. Besides, more than 600 cattle heads have perished and summer crops including rice, cotton, sugarcane over 2,33000 acres of have been completely damaged, causing billions of losses to Pakistan’s economy.

He also told the minister that Pakistan’s economic gains made in recent months are highly at risk of washed away with floods, which are increasingly becoming frequent in the country as average global temperature continue to spike.

“Pakistan has suffered over 26 billion dollars in damages to crops, public infrastructure, water, energy, transport, road networks, and water and sanitation facilities over last five years. It requires over 34 billion dollars to recoup the losses and damages,” the minister said.

He also told the Korean ambassador that present Pakistani government is very much aware of climate risks and taking all-out measures to mitigate impacts of these risk and making efforts to make different socio-economic sectors, particularly water, sanitation, energy, food, health, education, agriculture sectors climate-resilience with the help of different climate change adaptation programmes in the light of the national climate change policy.