Following the devastation caused by the devastating flooding that occurred in Pakistan in 2022, Germany made an announcement at an international conference that they would contribute an additional 84 million euros to support Pakistan as part of both nations’ climate alliance. The increased financing would mostly be used to assist Pakistan in adapting to the effects of climate change, according to the development ministry. Germany had already set aside 67 million euros for the repair of infrastructure and the easing of the social impacts of the flood.
This includes the installation of rainwater retention basins and drainage systems, for instance, in order to safeguard the local people from flooding in the event that heavy rain falls in the foreseeable future. According to State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth, “the effects of climate change have shown themselves in a devastating way in Pakistan over the course of the past year: scorching heat and drought in the spring were followed by severe flooding that completely destroyed parts of the country and deprived millions of people of their livelihoods.” He continued by saying, “This is an issue that Pakistan cannot handle on its own.”
According to an opinion piece penned by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif for The Guardian, 1,700 people lost their lives as a result of the intense rainfall and flooding that occurred in Pakistan during the summer of 2022. In the piece, he pleaded for increased assistance from Pakistan’s international partners. Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, stated today (9 January) at the support conference that Europe was swift to react and support Pakistan the previous year; nonetheless, she emphasized that “additional support is needed.” She stated that the European Union would provide 500 million euros to the restoration work, 172 million of which would be designated for humanitarian help.