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Pakistan Looks for Billions of Dollars in New Loans after Floods

Pakistan seeks billions in loans after floods worsen financial crisis.

“We are not asking for any kind of measure such as a rescheduling or a moratorium,” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif informed the Financial Occasions. “We are asking for Billions of Dollars funds.”

The nation needs “big sums of cash” for “mega undertakings” such as rebuilding roads, bridges and different infrastructure damaged or washed away, the FT quoted Shehbaz as saying.

The prime minister didn’t specify the quantity Pakistan is in search of, however repeated an estimate of $30 billion of flood losses, the report said.

Earlier this month, the United Nations raised its humanitarian help attraction for Pakistan five-fold to $816 million from $160m, as a surge in water-borne diseases and fear of rising hunger pose new dangers after the unprecedented floods.

The European Union additionally scaled up its flood assistance to 30m euros.

A decline in the Pakistani rupee can also be pushing up the price of imports, borrowing and debt servicing, and will additional exacerbate inflation already working at multi-decade highs.

The estimated $30bn in damage to the economy from the floods together with rising issues about Islamabad’s skill to lift cash to meet exterior financing requirements has worsened the situation.

Additionally, the European Union increased its flood aid to 30 million euros ($29.57 million).

The cost of imports, borrowing, and debt servicing are all rising due to Pakistan’s currency fall, which will also make inflation, which is already at a multi-decade high of 27.3%, worse.

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