Pakistan FM calls for relief amid 'devastating' floods

STORY: Dramatic scenes on Sunday as Pakistan’s army tried to rescue a boy trapped in the middle of a heavily-flooded stream in the northwest of the country.

Video footage shows the helicopter lowering cautiously down to the boy, who eventually climbs onto the aircraft with the help of the crew.

He's just one of hundreds who have been rescued by Pakistan’s military forces over the weekend, amid the historic monsoon rains and flooding that have battered the country over the past few weeks.

Authorities said more than 1,000 people have died and at least 30 million affected.

Satellite images show what the country’s climate change minister has called a "climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions".

In an interview with Reuters on Sunday, Pakistan’s foreign minister echoed the sentiment.

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said his country needed financial help with the disproportionate impact from climate change.

"They are absolutely devastating. I haven't seen any destruction or devastation of this scale. And the fact that Pakistan contributes negligible amounts to the overall carbon footprint, but we are devastated by climate disasters such as these time and time again, and we have to adapt within our limited resources, in whatever way we can, to live in this new environment."

He also said Pakistan will launch an appeal this week to ask United Nations member states to contribute to relief efforts.

And added the country needed to look at how it would handle the longer-term impacts of climate change.

Separately, the International Monetary Fund board will decide this week on whether to release $1.2 billion as part of the seventh and eighth tranches of Pakistan's bailout program, which it entered in 2019.

Bhutto-Zardari said the board was expected to approve the release, and hoped in coming months the IMF would recognize the impact of the floods.