The floods in Pakistan might have led to economic losses and damages of over $40 billion (over Rs 3.17 lakh crore), the country’s National Flood Response Coordination Centre said on Monday, , reported The Express Tribune.
The initial assessment of losses was $18 billion (more than Rs 1.43 lakh crore).
The new estimate was flagged in a flood response meeting during discussion on a report presented by the Ministry of Finance.
“The devastating conditions suggest that the scale of flood losses is in the range of $30 billion to over $40 billion,” Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, the chairperson of the flood response agency, told The Express Tribune.
Flash floods and landslides in Pakistan after months of heavy rains have displaced nearly 3.3 crore people in the country, which has a population of 23 crore.
The country has received 190% more rain than its 30-year average between June and August. The Sindh province in South East Pakistan, which accounts for around 25% of the country’s total agricultural produce, is the worst hit after getting 466% more rain than the 30-year average.
“We are going through the process of a comprehensive assessment of flood damages with the help of World Bank, Asian Development Bank, provincial and federal governments,” Iqbal told The Express Tribune on Monday.
The minister said that while a detailed…