Over 300 bridges have been torn apart and nearly 13,000 km of roads have been severely damaged.

ISLAMABAD    -   Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman on Friday said resilient rebuild­ing will need billions more, as cascading climate events oc­curred one after the other since the start of the year.

“We are still receiving new data as the assessments keep coming in of 1,508 people los­ing their lives and more than 12,000 are injured,” said the minister, in a meeting with Jap­anese Ambassador to Pakistan Mitsuhiro Wada. The minister apprised him of the current relief efforts, the devastation wreaked by floods throughout the country and the situation of assistance required for recov­ery, reconstruction for the flood affected areas and population.

“Over 300 bridges have been torn apart and nearly 13,000 km of roads have been severely damaged, cutting off access to the areas drowned in floodwa­ters,” she said, adding that in­stant rescue and humanitarian relief has become an urgent task, as those who have survived can­not find dry land to pitch their tents. She said spread of diseas­es like cholera, dengue and oth­ers will exacerbate the health crisis amongst the affected population as 33 million people have been impacted severely. Mitsuhiro Wada expressed sin­cerest condolences and deep­est regret from the government and people of Japan on the loss of precious lives and the severe devastation caused by the mon­strous flood disaster.

The Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan briefed Minister Rehman on the humanitarian assistance and conveyed the extension of emergency grant aid of USD 7 million to Pakistan by the government of Japan in response to the damages caused by the flood disaster that have occurred in Pakistan.

Thanking the Japanese Am­bassador for the support, Min­ister Rehman remarked, “We are extremely thankful to the people of Japan for extending their support and looking to support Pakistan in rebuilding as resilience will require more funds. Our aim is to build back better with climate resilient in­frastructure and to address the looming food, livelihood and water insecurities that will arise once the waters recede.”