The International Monetary Fund said Saturday it would discuss with officials from Pakistan steps to be taken by the fund to ease the country's pain following the worst floods in its history. The meeting next week comes amid reports that Pakistan would ask the IMF to ease the terms of a 10-billion-dollar loan it received in 2008. The floods have affected 20 million people amid growing fears that losses could snowball to 43 billion dollars. "The scale of the tragedy means that the country's budget and macroeconomic prospects, which are being supported by an IMF financed program, will also need to be reviewed," said Masood Ahmed, director of the IMF's Middle East and Central Asia department. "In this context, we look forward to meeting with Pakistani government officials in Washington next week to evaluate the macroeconomic impact of the floods, assess the measures they are taking to address this impact, and discuss ways in which the IMF can assist Pakistan at this difficult juncture," he said. IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn wrote to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at the outset of the disaster that "the IMF stood with Pakistan at this difficult time and will do its part to help the country."