Pakistan is grappling with unprecedented flooding.
“Stop this madness”: Developing countries are paying the “price” for global dependence on fossil fuels, the United Nations Secretary-General denounced Saturday, on the second day of his visit through Pakistan devastated by catastrophic floods. /p>
Pakistan and other developing countries are paying a horrific price for the intransigence of large emitters, which continue to bet on fossil fuels, argued Antonio Guterres in a tweet, before visiting regions flooded from the South.
From Islamabad I make a global appeal: stop this madness. Invest in renewable energy now. End the war on nature, he said.
Nearly 1,400 people have died since June in these floods. Having redoubled in intensity due to global warming, these are caused by torrential monsoon rains and have covered a third of Pakistan – an area the size of the UK – destroying homes, businesses, roads, bridges and agricultural crops.
Mr. Guterres hopes his visit will encourage the international community to financially support the country, which estimates it needs at least $10 billion to repair and rebuild damaged or destroyed infrastructure. A sum impossible to collect alone for Pakistan, because of its high debt.
1400 people have died in floods this year in Pakistan.
The monsoon, which usually lasts from June to September, is essential for the irrigation of plantations and the replenishment of water resources in the Indian subcontinent. But Pakistan had not seen such heavy rains for at least three decades.
For the UN secretary general, financial aid does #x27;is not a question of generosity, it is a question of justice.
Humanity has waged war on nature, and nature is fighting back [ …] but it is not Sindh that is causing the greenhouse gas emissions that have accelerated climate change so dramatically, he said.
On Friday, Mr. Guterres was already outraged by the indifference of the world, especially the most industrialized countries, to climate change.
It's madness, it's collective suicide, he noted.
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, is visiting Pakistan, accompanied by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Pakistan is responsible for less than 1% of global gas emissions greenhouse effect (for 3% of the world's population), but it is in eighth position among the countries most at risk from extreme weather events, according to a study by the NGO Germanwatch.
This year, the country has already faced a heat wave that has sometimes exceeded 50°C, devastating forest fires and devastating floods caused by the rapid melting of glaciers.
Some 33 million people have been affected by the floods, leaving them homeless and unable to meet their basic needs. Around 500 bridges collapsed.
Residents look helplessly at a damaged road in Quetta.
Antonio Guterres is due to visit the thousand-year-old heritage-listed city of Mohenjo Daro on Saturday site and threatened by the waves.
If he comes to see us, Allah will bless him, Rozina Solangi, an elderly housewife, said on Friday. 30 years old living in a flooded village near Sukkur.
“All the children, the men, the women are roasting in this scorching heat. We have nothing to eat, no roof over our heads. He must do something for the poor”
Pakistan has received five times more rainfall this year than usual, according to the meteorological service. Padidan, a small town in Sindh province, has been covered with more than 1.8 meters of water since the monsoon began in June.
The rains turned residences into ruins.
These bad weather caused flash floods in the rivers of the mountainous north, which washed away roads, bridges and buildings in minutes, and a slow accumulation of water in the southern plains which submerged hundreds of thousands of square miles of land.
< p class="e-p">Hundreds of makeshift camps have sprung up on the few still dry spaces in the south and west of the country. Raised roads or railways are often the last places the water hasn't crept in.
With people piled on top of each other, accompanied by their livestock, epidemics are to be feared. Many cases of dengue fever, a disease spread by mosquitoes, and scabies have already been recorded.