PAKISTAN / GUTERRES FLOODS

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As Pakistan continues to experience historical floods, Secretary-General António Guterres, on the first day of his visit to the country today, said, “emissions are rising, as people die in floods and famines. And this is insanity; this is collective suicide.” UNIFEED

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STORY: PAKISTAN / GUTERRES FLOODS
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DATELINE: 9 SEPTEMBER 2022, ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN

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1. Various shots, Secretary-General António Guterres arrives at Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2. Wide shot, photo op, Guterres and Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
3. Various shots, meeting at Ministry of Foreign Affairs
4. Wide shot, press conference
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Emissions are rising as people die in floods and famines. And this is insanity; this is collective suicide. From Pakistan, I'm issuing a global appeal. Stop the madness, end the war with nature, invest in renewable energy.”
6. Med shot, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“No country deserves this fate, but particularly no countries like Pakistan that have done almost nothing to contribute to global warming. Pakistan and other developing countries, from the Horn of Africa to the Sahel, are paying a horrific price for the intransigence of big emitters that continue to bet on fossil fuels in the face of science, common sense, and basic human decency.”
8. Med shot, cameras
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Loss and damage from climate crisis is not a future event. It is happening now. All around us. And I urge governments to address this issue at COP 27 with the seriousness it deserves.”
10. Zoom out, end of presser
11. Wide shot, Prime Minister’s residence
12. Wide shot, honour guard
13. Zoom in, Guterres being greeted by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif
14. Various shots, Guterres and Sharif meeting
15. Various shots, Guterres at National Flood Response and Coordination Centre (NFRCC)
16. Med shot, Guterres and Sharif press encounter
17. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I know what it means for the Pakistani people, this unprecedented natural disaster. There is no memory of anything similar to what has happened with this impact of climate change on Pakistan. And I want to reassure you that we'll do everything possible to mobilize the international community, to support your country, and to support all of you in this very dramatic situation.”
18. Guterres and Sharif shaking hands
19. Wide shot, family photo outside NFRCC

STORYLINE:
As Pakistan continues to experience historical floods, Secretary-General António Guterres, on the first day of his visit to the country today (9 Sep), said, “emissions are rising, as people die in floods and famines. And this is insanity; this is collective suicide.”

During a joint press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Guterres said, “from Pakistan, I'm issuing a global appeal. Stop the madness, end the war with nature, invest in renewable energy.”

Pakistan has been inundated with near incessant monsoon rainfall, flash flooding, and rain-induced landslides since mid-June, causing widespread devastation and casualties affecting over 33 million people across Pakistan. Over 1,100 people have died, and over 3,500 people have been injured, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

The Secretary-General said, “no country deserves this fate, but particularly no countries like Pakistan that have done almost nothing to contribute to global warming. Pakistan and other developing countries, from the Horn of Africa to the Sahel, are paying a horrific price for the intransigence of big emitters that continue to bet on fossil fuels in the face of science, common sense, and basic human decency.”

He stressed that “loss and damage from climate crisis is not a future event. It is happening now. All around us.”

He urged governments to address this issue at COP 27 “with the seriousness it deserves.”

Earlier in the day, Guterres met with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and together they visited the National Flood Response and Coordination Centre (NFRCC), where they received a briefing.

Guterres said, “I know what it means for the Pakistani people, this unprecedented natural disaster. There is no memory of anything similar to what has happened with this impact of climate change on Pakistan. And I want to reassure you that we'll do everything possible to mobilize the international community, to support your country, and to support all of you in this very dramatic situation.”

The number of damaged and destroyed houses in Pakistan has now exceeded 1 million homes, with over 324,000 houses destroyed and over 733,000 damaged as of 30 August. At least 116 districts have been affected, of which 66 are classified as ‘calamity hit.’ An estimated 2 million acres of crops have been impacted, and over 790,000 livestock have died, affecting the future livelihoods of many families.

Given the severity of flooding, the risk of disease outbreaks is high and will further complicate pre-existing acute-watery diarrhoea, cholera, and dengue outbreaks. The flooding has greatly impacted accessibility to affected areas; an estimated more than 5,000 km of roads and over 240 bridges have been damaged or destroyed, impeding people’s ability to flee to safer areas and access emergency assistance. Floods are occurring in areas that host refugees; more than 421,000 refugees live in ‘calamity-declared’ districts and are affected or at risk.
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