DAILY COURIER |
‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari, France President, Emmanuel Macron, and other world leaders have called global attention to floods in Pakistan.
Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif who postponed an official trip to the United Kingdom has appealed for funds from friendly countries and international institutions.
Buhari, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, extended sympathies for the sea-like flooding, describing it as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history
The floods have damaged half-a-million homes, affecting about 30 million people and killing over 1,000. It has washed away hundreds of roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
According to President Buhari, Pakistan and its population were in the thoughts and prayers of Nigerians, as they confront this “humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.”
He appealed to the United Nations and other Aid Agencies to take urgent steps to assist people without shelter and food, as well as the millions who require urgent humanitarian relief.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted his support for Pakistan. “France stands ready to provide help,” he said in this tweet.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – among other leaders – spoke to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif over the grim flood situation.
The Qatar Red Crescent Society on Saturday announced the allocation of $100,000 for the flood victims.