Due to the impact of climate change, Pakistan is facing disaster due to abnormal rainfall, sudden heavy rains and dam burst floods. The death toll in the country by the floods has risen to 900 so far.
Citing the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Geo TV reported floods in Pakistan’s Balochistan, Sindh, South Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to monsoon rains.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appealed to the international community for aid. So far, 900 people have died in the floods since June. On Thursday, the international organizations decided to give $500 million in aid to the victims of the humanitarian disaster caused by the climate.
A report by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that “73 people died in the last 24 hours”. At the same time, 82,033 houses were destroyed and 710 domestic animals died.
According to NDMA, as many as 400 people have died due to heavy monsoon rains and floods. Among them 191 are women. Besides, more than a thousand people were injured. People are being swept away by the floodwaters due to the peak rainfall of the season.
Meanwhile, the government has declared a national emergency in Pakistan.
Federal Minister of Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman said that “there was an average of 166 millimeters of rain in August”. This is “241 percent more than normal rainfall”. Besides, the southern part of the country, especially the Sindh region, received “784 percent more rainfall than normal”. A warning has been issued for this.
She said the Meteorological Office has given us the statistics. Many bridges were washed away due to severe floods due to heavy rains. Besides, communication infrastructure has been destroyed in many areas of different provinces.
Sherry said the current inundation of the Indus River has surpassed the worst flood in 2010.
The minister said that a national emergency has already been declared. All officials, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, have canceled foreign trips.