Pakistan Floods: Some 37 percent population has been hit by poverty after floods in 118 districts, as estimated by the Pakistan government.
The estimated economic loss due to the unprecedented floods in Pakistan has neared around USD 18 billion, an increase from USD 12.5 billion estimated earlier, as calculated by the Centre and endorsed by the provinces.
Agriculture growth faced a much more severe impact in the aftermath of floods. The catastrophic floods have destroyed crops in 8.25 million acres as compared to the initial assessment of 4.2 million acres which has further increased the economic losses, reported The News International.
Cotton, rice, and minor crops have been damaged severely and if dewatering is not done properly, it can cause serious problems for wheat sowing. The cotton crop has evaporated in most parts of the country and now wheat sowing is under threat.
The Ministry of National Food Security has been assigned to come up with a summary to increase the minimum support price of wheat for the coming crop.
The authorities have held meetings with international donors and assured them that Pakistan would place an effective monitoring and evaluation system to utilize each and every penny to mitigate the flood losses in a transparent manner, reported The News International.
In the wake of the increased economic losses and reduced GDP growth, the per capita income is projected to slow down. The government had envisaged a GDP growth rate of 5 percent for the current fiscal year.
Moreover, poverty and unemployment will go up manifold from 21.9 percent to over 36 percent. Some 37 percent population was hit by poverty after floods in 118 districts, as estimated by the Pakistan government.