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Flood aid conference raises US$9B for Pakistan rebuilding

Climate-induced devastating floods submerged a third of Pakistan last year, affecting 33 million people and leaving 1,739 dead, and could force 9 million people into poverty.

A colorful Pakistani truck grinds up a road through a forested hill
Pakistani and U.N. officials hope not to encounter donor fatigue at the Geneva conference (AN/Kashif Afridi/Unsplash)

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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