Islam Abad: The World Bank has approved more than 1.6 billion dollars in financing for Pakistan. Pakistan will get funds for 5 projects to help the victims of flood affected areas in Sindh.
In the statement issued by the World Bank, it is stated that in the meeting of the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank, 1.692 billion dollars have been approved for the financial assistance of Pakistan.
The statement said that the World Bank has approved five projects worth 1.692 billion dollars to support the people affected by the recent floods in Sindh. Three of these projects support rehabilitation, housing construction and crop production while the other two support health services for mothers and children.
In this regard, the country director of the World Bank in Pakistan, Naji bin Hussain, has said that Sindh is the province most affected by the floods of 2022. The recent heavy rains and floods caused heavy damage to the housing, health and agriculture sectors and affected people’s employment. He said that in addition to rehabilitation and reconstruction of damaged houses and infrastructure, the World Bank is providing support to Pakistan in flood relief efforts.
According to the announcement of the World Bank, 500 million dollars will be provided under the Sindh Flood Emergency Rehabilitation Project. It will help to strengthen. The project will help in the rehabilitation and improvement of critical irrigation and flood control infrastructure, water supply schemes, roads and related infrastructure.
The project will benefit at least two million people in the worst-affected districts, of whom nearly 50 percent are women. One lakh households will be provided short-term income support under the Community Level Cash for Work programme.
According to the announcement of the World Bank, 500 million dollars will be provided under the Sindh Flood Emergency Housing Reconstruction Project. Under the plan, reconstruction and rehabilitation grants will be provided for three and a half lakh housing units.
According to the statement, under the Sindh Water and Agriculture Transformation Project, 292 million dollars will be provided and under this project, agricultural and productive capacity will be increased, integrated water resource management will be improved, while flood-affected areas will be improved. Assistance will be provided to farmers to restore crop production.
385,000 families will benefit from this project, 200 million dollars will be provided under the Sindh Strengthening Social Protection Delivery System Project and 200 million dollars will be provided under the Sindh Integrated Health and Population Project. These projects will help to integrate social protection programs and improve both the quality and utilization of basic reproductive health, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition services.
These projects will improve access to quality health care services for the population of selected government dispensaries in remote and semi-urban areas, especially women, girls and children, and flood-affected settlements in Sindh.
In the statement, the World Bank reiterated its commitment to recover from the recent flood emergency and continue to support the government and people of Pakistan in coping with such climate.