Antonio Guterres visits Pakistan on Friday

AA / Islamabad

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Islamabad on Friday in a show of solidarity with the victims of the floods that have swept the country since last June.

“Guterres will hold meetings with senior officials to discuss disaster strategies as part of a two-day official visit,” the ministry said in a statement.

The UN official, according to the same source, will visit the disaster areas and review the humanitarian work carried out by the UN, which is supporting the rescue and relief efforts currently being deployed by the government to millions of people affected by this disaster.

The ministry said the visit “will help strengthen the international response to the needs of the 33 million Pakistanis affected by the floods”.

On Wednesday, Pakistani authorities reported a death toll of 1,355 from the devastating floods.

In total, the country has reported 12,722 injuries since torrential rains and floods devastated Pakistan.

Note that more than 3,451 km of roads, 162 bridges, 170 businesses and 949,858 homes were damaged across Pakistan, according to the same source.

The monsoon season in Pakistan usually brings heavy rains. However, this summer was one of the wettest since 1961.

Pakistani authorities have estimated the damage caused by the floods at more than $10 billion.

*Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni

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