UN chief asks world for 'massive' help in flood-hit Pakistan

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, center, was received on his arrival by Deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, second right, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see damage from the record floods that have killed hundreds and left more than half a million people homeless and living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, center, was received on his arrival by Deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, second right, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see damage from the record floods that have killed hundreds and left more than half a million people homeless and living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP) Associated Press

  • Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains wait to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains wait to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, center, walk with Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif as they chat with each others at the Prime Ministry office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods that have left half a million people living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, center, walk with Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif as they chat with each others at the Prime Ministry office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods that have left half a million people living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP) Associated Press

  • Temporary housing is constructed for flood victims, in Larkana District, of Sindh, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. The unprecedented deluge, which began in mid-June, has triggered landslides and collapsed houses, killing over 1,350 people and leaving over 600,000 homeless in Pakistan.

    Temporary housing is constructed for flood victims, in Larkana District, of Sindh, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. The unprecedented deluge, which began in mid-June, has triggered landslides and collapsed houses, killing over 1,350 people and leaving over 600,000 homeless in Pakistan. Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, was received on his arrival by Deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in the airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see damage from the record floods that have killed hundreds and left more than half a million people homeless and living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, was received on his arrival by Deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in the airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see damage from the record floods that have killed hundreds and left more than half a million people homeless and living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP) Associated Press

  • Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains wait to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains wait to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, second left, shake hand with Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods that have left half a million people living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, second left, shake hand with Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods that have left half a million people living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP) Associated Press

  • A woman sleeps on the ground as she takes refuge from her flood-hit home, in Larkana District, of Sindh, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022.

    A woman sleeps on the ground as she takes refuge from her flood-hit home, in Larkana District, of Sindh, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, center, is received on his arrival by Deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, left, in the airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see damage from the record floods that have killed hundreds and left more than half a million people homeless and living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, center, is received on his arrival by Deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, left, in the airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see damage from the record floods that have killed hundreds and left more than half a million people homeless and living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP) Associated Press

  • Children in hospital beds are treated after their family homes were hit by flooding in Larkana District, of Sindh, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022.

    Children in hospital beds are treated after their family homes were hit by flooding in Larkana District, of Sindh, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, center, walk with Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif as they chat with each others at the Prime Ministry office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods that have left half a million people living in tents under the open sky.(Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, center, walk with Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif as they chat with each others at the Prime Ministry office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods that have left half a million people living in tents under the open sky.(Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP) Associated Press

  • Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains crowd carry relief aid through flood water in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains crowd carry relief aid through flood water in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, shake hand with Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods that have left half a million people living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, shake hand with Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods that have left half a million people living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP) Associated Press

  • Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains gather to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains gather to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains crowd run to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains crowd run to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, right, meets with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. (Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, right, meets with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. (Pakistan Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP) Associated Press

  • Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains rest with their relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains rest with their relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, right, speaks during a joint press conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, right, speaks during a joint press conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP) Associated Press

  • Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains wait to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains wait to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • Soldiers survey the flood waters as victims wait to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Soldiers survey the flood waters as victims wait to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains wait to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains wait to receive relief aid from the Pakistani Army in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, left, receives U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods that have left half a million people living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, left, receives U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods that have left half a million people living in tents under the open sky. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP) Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, right, speaks during a joint press conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, right, speaks during a joint press conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP) Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, top right, meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at Prime Minister's House, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, top right, meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at Prime Minister's House, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP) Associated Press

  • In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, right, meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at Prime Minister's House, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP)

    In this handout photo released by Pakistan Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, right, meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at Prime Minister's House, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. (Pakistan Prime Minister Office via AP) Associated Press

  • Aid is distributed to victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Aid is distributed to victims of heavy flooding from monsoon rains in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, speaks during a joint press conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, speaks during a joint press conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaks during a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N.  Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaks during a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. U.N. Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, right, speaks during a joint press conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, right, speaks during a joint press conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

  • U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, speaks during a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.  Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods.

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, speaks during a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Guterres appealed to the world for help for cash-strapped Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see the climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 9/9/2022 2:13 PM

ISLAMABAD -- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that the world owes impoverished Pakistan 'œmassive' help in recovering from the summer's devastating floods because the country bears less blame than many other nations for climate change, which experts say contributed to the deluge.

Months of heavy monsoon rains and flooding have killed 1,391 people and affected 3.3 million in this South Asian nation while half a million people have become homeless. Planeloads of aid from the United States, the United Arab Emirates and other countries have begun arriving, but Guterres said there's more to be done.

 

Nature, the U.N. chief said in Islamabad, has attacked Pakistan, which contributes less than 1% of global emissions, according to multiple experts.

Nations that 'œare more responsible for climate change ... should have faced this challenge,' said Guterres, sitting next to Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

'œWe are heading into a disaster," Guterres added. 'œWe have waged war on nature and nature is tracking back and striking back in a devastating way. Today in Pakistan, tomorrow in any of your countries."

The U.N. chief's trip comes less than two weeks after Guterres appealed for $160 million in emergency funding to help those affected by the monsoon rains and floods that Pakistan says have caused at least $10 billion in damages.

'œI appeal for massive support from the international community as Pakistan responds to this climate catastrophe,' Guterres tweeted after landing in Pakistan earlier Friday.

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He said other nations contributing to climate change are obligated to reduce emissions and help Pakistan. He assured Sharif that his voice was 'œentirely at the service of the Pakistani government and the Pakistani people' and that 'œthe entire U.N. system is at the service of Pakistan.'

'œPakistan has not contributed in a meaningful way to climate change, the level of emissions in this country is relatively low," Guterres said. 'œBut Pakistan is one of the most dramatically impacted countries by climate change."

On Friday, the first planeload arrived from the U.S. , which Washington says is part of an upcoming $30 million in assistance. More U.S. military planes are expected to arrive in the coming days as part of a humanitarian bridge set up by Washington to deliver much-need aid across the country.

USAID announced an additional $20 million Friday in humanitarian assistance for Pakistan, further enhancing U.S. pledges.

Later, Guterres directed his words at the international community, saying that by some estimates, Pakistan needs about $30 billion to recover from the floods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

'œEven today, emissions are rising as people die in floods and famines. This is insanity. This is collective suicide," he said. 'œFrom Pakistan, I am issuing a global appeal: Stop the madness; end the war with nature; invest in renewable energy now.'

So far, U.N. agencies and several countries have sent nearly 60 planeloads of aid, and authorities say the UAE has been one of the most generous contributors and sent so far 26 flights carrying aid for flood victims.

Also Friday, Samantha Power, the administrator of USAID, met with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Islamabad. She later told reporters she had visited flood-hit areas in Sindh province on Thursday, and she witnessed widespread destruction caused by floods.

The floods have touched all of Pakistan, including heritage sites such as Mohenjo Daro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered one of the best-preserved ancient urban settlements in South Asia. The civilization that dates back 4,500 years, coinciding with those of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

The U.N. heritage agency on Thursday announced it would send $350,000 to help recover flood-damaged cultural heritage sites.

Speaking at a press conference with Foreign Minister Bhutto Zardari, Guterres underscored the importance of combatting climate change.

'œIt is happening now all around us and I urge governments to address this issue,' he said and added that what he has done so far as the U.N. chief is 'œa drop in the ocean of the needs of the Pakistani people'.

He said a proposal for a donors conference for flood-hit Pakistan is under discussion.

Since June, heavy rains and floods have added new burdens to cash-strapped Pakistan and highlighted the disproportionate effect of climate change on impoverished populations. Experts say Pakistan is responsible for only 0.4% of the world's historic emissions that are blamed for climate change. The U.S. is responsible for 21.5%, China for 16.5% and the European Union for 15%.

The floods in Pakistan have also injured 12,722 people, destroyed thousands of miles of roads, toppled bridges and damaged schools and hospitals, according to the National Disaster Management Agency.

Even as they contend with the unprecedented flooding, Pakistani authorities are also struggling with militant attacks. Late Friday, suspected militants opened fire on a mayor's convoy in Tank, a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the police said. Tank has also been affected by the flooding.

The mayor, Saddam Hussain, escaped unharmed, but the gunmen killed four policemen escorting his vehicle, said police officer Waqar Khan. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Associated Press writer Riaz Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan, contributed to this story.

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