Pak Floods: World Bank to provide $323 bn to farmers in flood-hit areas of Sindh

1 October, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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The World Bank plans to offer farmers in Sindh flood-affected districts $323 billion in assistance in the aftermath of Pakistan’s disastrous floods to subsidise fertilisers and certified seed...

The World Bank plans to offer farmers in Sindh flood-affected districts $323 billion in assistance in the aftermath of Pakistan’s disastrous floods to subsidise fertilisers and certified seeds.

Syed Murad Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh, stated, “We have to restore our flooded agro-industry by offering them some incentives,” adding that farmers were unable to buy certified seeds and other farming necessities as floods wrecked havoc in the nation.

The World Bank has agreed to give the province government $323 billion to fund the project and aid farmers in reclaiming their fields after the disaster ahead of the forthcoming Rabi harvest season, the Chief Minister said.

According to media reports that flood victims have repeatedly criticised the Islamabad administration for its inadequate reaction to the crisis.

Heavy floods caused by southern Pakistan’s torrential rains have ruined cotton harvests, upending the lives of farmers in Sindh and destroying thousands of acres of orchards and agricultural land.

As everything they had, including their houses, was destroyed in the floods, a number of people recently protested in the streets over the government’s lack of assistance.

More than 2.5 million individuals in flood-stricken areas have been impacted by infectious illnesses, according to data from the health department.

The World Health Organization recently released a statement in which it expressed grave concerns about the possibility of a “second disaster in Pakistan: a wave of diseases and deaths” in the wake of the devastation brought on by the catastrophic floods brought on by climate change that submerged one-third of Pakistan. The WHO director explained the effects on health and recommended moving immediately to safeguard the health and provide necessary medical services.

Additionally, 3.4 million children in Pakistan are in need of immediate, life-saving assistance as a result of the “Super floods,” according to UNICEF.

Over a thousand people have died as a result of the monsoon rains since June, and more than a million homes have been damaged or destroyed by the severe floods that were triggered by the rains.

In Pakistan, record monsoons and severe flooding have led to famine and a number of ailments that have afflicted 33 million people and are said to have cost $30 billion in damage.

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