It is nearly five months since floodwaters swept away Muhammad Fazal’s general store in southern Pakistan. Today, he is rebuilding his shop on taller, sturdier foundations - hopeful he will be better prepared the next time floods hit his village.
Fazal, 28, who borrowed the money for the construction work from a nonprofit organisation, counts himself among the lucky ones - despite his 400,000 rupee (US$1,495) loss - as many Pakistanis struggle to recover from last year’s devastation.
“I’ve raised the level of my shop and I’m rebuilding it better,” he said in his village of Gozo in Dadu, a densely populated district of Sindh province that was hard hit by the ruinous nationwide floods.
More than 1,700 people were killed and 8 million were displaced by the flooding, which also destroyed about a million homes and businesses across the country of 220 million people, disaster management officials say.
About five million people - mostly in Sindh and the southwestern province of Balochistan - are still exposed to floodwater months after monsoon rains and melting glaciers caused the disaster.
With waters still receding, international donors pledged more than US$9 billion in Geneva last month to help the cash-strapped South Asian country recover and rebuild.
Pakistan, which is mired in a deepening economic crisis, had sought funds to cover around half of a recovery bill amounting to US$16.3 billion.
Now, it aims to use the money to implement its Resilient Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Framework, dubbed 4RF, a recovery strategy that sets out to build long-term climate resilience and adaptation.
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