US President Joe Biden has urged the international community to help "underwater" Pakistan as it struggles with unprecedented floods, citing the need to address the climate change crisis that has hit many countries, PTI reported.
"We all know we’re already living in a climate crisis. No one seems to doubt it after this past year. We meet - we meet - as we meet, much of Pakistan is still underwater; it needs help," Biden said in his address to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday.
A third of Pakistan, which is facing its worst floods in the past 30 years, is submerged in water, affecting 33 million, sweeping away homes, crops, bridges, roads, and livestock, and causing an estimated USD 30 billion of damage.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will address the UNGA session on September 23, focusing on the challenges faced by Pakistan in the wake of the recent climate-induced catastrophic floods.
Biden also announced another USD 2.9 billion for a fund aimed at helping to resolve global food insecurity, in addition to the "USD 6.9 billion assistance to support global food security already committed this year".