PM Hasina: Bangladesh to send aid to flood-hit Pakistan
'I have already instructed to arrange food and other materials for Pakistan’
Bangladesh will send aid to the flash flood victims of Pakistan’s Balochistan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.
“Awami League government is always generous towards humanity. Everyone has already been instructed to arrange food and other materials for Pakistan,” she said while joining a program at the capital’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Tuesday.
She added that the children of the country are suffering the most.
“We [Bangladesh] won in the 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan. We have a duty to help them, and we will fulfill that,” she noted.
The prime minister also said that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has always emphasized helping others in need.
Early estimates put the damage from Pakistan's recent deadly floods at more than $10 billion, its planning minister said on Monday.
He later said that the world has an obligation to help the South Asian nation cope with the effects of man-made climate change, reports Reuters.
Unprecedented flash floods caused by historic monsoon rains have washed away roads, crops, infrastructure and bridges.
It killed at least 1,000 people in recent weeks, while affecting more than 33 million, over 15% of the country's 220 million population.
Meanwhile, food prices have shot up due to flooded crops and impassable roads.