GENEVA (AN) — Donors at an international conference pledged more than US$9 billion for victims of Pakistan's climate-induced devastating floods to rebuild their lives after surviving "a monsoon on steroids" that submerged a third of the nation.
The flooding last year killed more than 1,700 people – and its destruction could force 9 million people into poverty. Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres co-hosted the daylong conference, which included heads of state among dozens of delegates from nations and international organizations. French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took part by videoconference.
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