STATEMENT: Pakistan rebuilds city destroyed by floods - supported by SPHF

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-Pakistan puts climate change on the map by rebuilding and renaming city destroyed by floods – supported by SPHF

A city that was devastated by Pakistan's devastating floods is being rebuilt with climate-resilient housing and rebranded as to raise funds.

Sindh People's Housing for Flood Affectees (SPHF) highlights the devastating impact of climate change and raises funds for reconstruction efforts by naming a newly rebuilt town

The website will help generate much-needed funds for villages in flood-prone areas to build climate-resilient housing in partnership with Sindh People's Housing for Flood Affectees (SPHF).

CLIMATECHANGETOWN.PK, Pakistan, Jan. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Pakistan's worst-ever floods to date continue to have a devastating impact on lives, with many of those affected remaining homeless and vulnerable. To draw attention to the plight of those affected and raise funds to assist in the reconstruction efforts, Sindh People's Housing for Flood Affectees (SPHF) proposed a unique solution. They appealed to the government to name one of the newly rebuilt cities '', making it the first city in the world to have a website as its name.

Khalid Mehmood Shaikh, CEO of SPHF, said, "Every town in the world has a name. We thought of giving a name to the city that would make the world pay attention to the climate change crisis that Pakistan is currently facing. Our "People urgently need help, and with this website, the world will know exactly how and where to help them."

Pakistan produces less than 1% of the global carbon footprint and yet suffers the greatest consequences of climate change. According to the Global Climate Risk Index, Pakistan is currently the fifth most climate vulnerable country in the world. Experts predict that floods will occur every year in Pakistan.

The rains that began in June last year affected more than 33 million people in Pakistan. Sindh suffered the worst: more than 85% of the loss and destruction occurred in the area, affecting 12.36 million people and damaging 2.1 million homes.

Building a resilient home for each of these families is important as previously their homes were 'kutcha' (made of mud), making them extremely vulnerable to climate disasters. SPHF is now helping people build 'pukka' (solid) houses, using strong building materials and pre-defined guidelines, to withstand climate challenges such as heavy rain, flash floods, etc. While the government has stepped up to support reconstruction efforts, there is still a huge funding gap. And SPHF intends to overcome it by reaching out to the world.

Shaikh added: "Officially changing the name of a city is a bold move, but it is the kind of bold action we need to fight climate change. It is a reminder to the international community that Pakistanis are not responsible for causing the change." climate change, they are nothing more than victims. And we need the world to come together to help us stay afloat."

Through, SPHF hopes to turn the tide for flood victims and direct much-needed funds towards providing better living conditions for them. The funds will be used to expand the rehabilitation efforts that started with to other villages across the country. With Pakistan being a climate hotspot, these towns and cities, once a reminder of devastation, are now a symbol of resilience in the face of climate change.

With this campaign, SPHF plans to rebuild more than 2 million homes, making it the largest housing reconstruction program in the world.

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