A third of Pakistan under water, more than 1060 dead

A third of Pakistan under water, more than 1060 dead

Pakistani authorities attribute the devastating rainstorms, the worst in 30 years, to climate change.

Tens of millions of Pakistanis were battling the worst monsoon rains in three decades on Monday, which have killed at least 1,061, washed away countless homes and destroyed vital farmland.

A third of Pakistan is currently under water, the climate change minister said, Sherry Rehman, evoking a crisis of unimaginable proportions.

The monsoon rains, which started in June, are unprecedented for 30 years, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Monday as he traveled through affected areas in the north.

A huge Relief operation was underway in the country, where international aid was slowly starting to arrive, as the Indus, the country's main river, threatened to burst its banks.

Pakistani officials attribute the devastating weather to climate change, saying Pakistan is suffering the consequences of irresponsible environmental practices elsewhere in the world.

More than 33 million people, or one in seven Pakistanis have been affected by the floods and nearly one million homes have been destroyed or severely damaged, according to the government.

Residents gather near a road damaged by heavy monsoon rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

At least 1,061 people have been killed since the start of the monsoon in June, with 28 dying in the past 24 hours, according to the latest report Monday from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). But the authorities were still trying to reach isolated villages located in mountainous areas in the north of the country, which could further increase the toll.

Not everything is just a big ocean, there is no dry place to pump water from, Ms. Rehman said, adding that the economic cost, which does not ;has not yet been quantified, would be devastating.

The monsoon, which usually lasts from June to September, is essential for the irrigation of plantations and for replenishing the water resources of the Indian subcontinent. But it also brings its share of drama and destruction every year.

According to Ms. Rehman, these bad weather are even worse than those of 2010, the year in which 2,000 people were killed and almost a fifth of the country submerged in monsoon rains.

A woman refugee in a makeshift camp in Charsadda district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Those displaced by the floods have found shelter in hastily established makeshift camps across the country.

Life here is miserable. Our self-respect is at stake, said Fazal e Malik, sheltered with around 2,500 others on the grounds of a school in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

I stink, but there is no place to take a shower. There are no fans, he added.

The country received twice as much rainfall as usual, according to the weather service. In the most affected provinces of Balochistan and Sindh (south), rains were more than four times the average for the past 30 years.

Near Sukkur in Sindh, where a massive colonial-era dam on the Indus River is vital to preventing the disaster from getting worse, a farmer lamented seeing his rice fields lost.

“Our plantations covered 2000 hectares, on which the best quality rice was sown and eaten by you and us. It's all over.

— Khalil Ahmed, 70, farmer

The head of the dam said the bulk of the water flowing from the north of the country should reach the structure around September 5, but said he was confident in its ability to hold. the shock.

The dam diverts the waters of the Indus to thousands of kilometers of canals which constitute one of the largest irrigation networks in the world. But the farms thus served are now completely flooded.

The NDMA said more than 80,000 hectares of farmland had been devastated, and more than 3,400 kilometers of roads and 157 bridges washed away.

Water hinders relief operations under the supervision of the Pakistani army.

Residents remove debris from their homes damaged by heavy monsoon rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The government has declared a state of emergency and called to the aid of the international community. On Sunday, the first flights bringing humanitarian aid arrived, either from Turkey or the United Arab Emirates.

These floods come at the worst time for Pakistan, whose #x27;economy was already in crisis.

The International Monetary Fund was due to meet in Washington on Monday to agree to the resumption of a $6 billion loan program. dollars, essential for the country. But it is already clear that Pakistan will need much more to rebuild the infrastructure destroyed by the floods. supplies are already being felt in the provinces of Sindh and Punjab.

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