Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama held high-emitting nations on Tuesday “most responsible” for devastating floods in Pakistan.
He called for international collaboration to overcome climate change. “Let’s be clear: the Pakistani people did not do this to Pakistan –– we all did, and the high-emitting nations are most responsible. Unless we end our species’ addiction to fossil fuels, every country in the world will remain in the crosshairs of the climate breakdown,” he said in a tweet.
Earlier on Monday, United Kingdom Monarch Queen Elizabeth said that she was “deeply saddened” over flood-related fatalities in Pakistan. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life and destruction caused by the floods across Pakistan. My thoughts are with all those who have been affected, as well as those working in difficult circumstances to support the recovery efforts. The United Kingdom stands in solidarity with Pakistan as you recover from these terrible events,” she said in a message to President Arif Alvi.
According to reports, more than 1000 people have lost their lives and over 1500 have been injured in flood-related incidents in the country. Moreover, 149 bridges, over 3,451 kilometres of roads, 170 shops, and 949,858 houses have been damaged across the country.