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WaterAid scales up flood response to over PKR 126 million, calls for world to step up aid to Pakistan

07:47 PM | 3 Sep, 2022
WaterAid scales up flood response to over PKR 126 million, calls for world to step up aid to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD  - WaterAid has scaled up its response, allocating PKR 126 million to the relief efforts. The organisation has also launched a fundraising appeal in the UK to support in providing hygiene kits with soap and other household goods, disinfecting drinking water sources, building temporary toilets in schools/camps, helping with the clearance of flood water and supporting the specific needs of women and girls in the flood affected areas including the provision of menstrual hygiene kits, said a press released issued here on Saturday.

The aid organisation specialised in clean water, sanitation and hygiene said that richer governments need to step up aid to millions of displaced Pakistanis so that they can have access to basic services like clean water, hygiene, shelter and food. 

The humanitarian agency is calling the devastating floods in Pakistan a life-or-death wakeup call from the frontlines of the climate crisis, while the country is facing the ‘beginning of the worst crisis’ as millions of people have been displaced by the floods and a public health disaster is looming. 

With COP27 only two months away, developed nations need to start making good on their commitments to at least double the financial support for adaptation and mitigation to developing countries, the organisation said. 

The Country Director of WaterAid in Pakistan Arif Jabbar Khan said the floods in the country have been longer and more intense than before with devastating consequences. Khan, who has been in the Sindh province over the past few days, said “Pakistan is facing only the beginning of another wave of health-related crisis as people are basically forced to drink contaminated water from open sources which have already resulted in thousands of cases of malaria, diarrhoea, skin and other diseases. The number of malaria cases is rising so fast that in one district, health officials said they have run out of capacity to even test for malaria due to the number of patients let alone treating them.”

We have had extreme heat waves directly followed by extreme flooding. "This is climate blow upon blow. In the past week, the floods have kicked off a public health emergency and displacement emergency. With two months to COP27, this latest climate tragedy needs to be taken as a wake-up call to the world. Pakistan cannot continue to be at the receiving end of the world’s inability to address the climate crisis, the world must take action now,” Khan explained.

A recent report from health officials has claimed over 90,000 diarrhoea cases from one of the worst-hit provinces, Sindh. Further to this 1080 Healthcare facilities have been damaged in the Sindh province alone, hampering the medical efforts and the ability to treat those impacted by the disease. 

He said and added diseases usually really start spreading a few days after waters have receded. Whatever water is left behind is contaminated and people start drinking again from the previously clean water sources which are now dirty, spreading the risk of cholera and diarrhoea. That’s why it is vital we clean those water points as soon as possible.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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