State of emergency declared in Pakistan under the flood

L’&eacute ;state of emergency declared in Pakistan during the flood

A man (left) and a youth use a satellite dish to take children across a flooded area.

A state of emergency was declared on Friday in Pakistan as unusually heavy monsoon rains left more than 900 people dead and affected more than 30 million people.

More than 900 people have been killed, including 34 in the past 24 hours, due to monsoon rains that began in June, the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) said Friday.

More than 33 million people have been badly affected, according to the Pakistani Prime Minister's Office. Nearly 220,000 houses were completely destroyed, and 500,000 seriously damaged, detailed the NDMA.

Locals wade through a flooded street after heavy monsoon rains in Sukkur, Sindh province.

The monsoon, which usually lasts from June to September, is essential for the x27;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.

In Sukkur, in the province of Sindh (south) which is particularly affected, the inhabitants try to make their way through the muddy streets cluttered with debris carried by the weather.

I I have never seen such floods in my life, testified Rahim Bakhsh Brohi, a farmer interviewed by AFP.

According to the authorities, these bad weather is comparable 2010, a record year in which 2,000 people were killed and almost a fifth of the country was submerged.

Like thousands of rural residents seeking shelter, Brohi was trying to find refuge on the elevated national road, a rare place untouched by flooding. Some 80,000 hectares of farmland have been destroyed in this province alone.

The 20 hectares of cotton I had planted are completely gone. It's a huge loss, what can I do? laments in turn Nasrullah Mehar.

24 hours ago, the water would have reached you here, 24-year-old student Aqeel Ahmed shows AFP with his hand up to his chest.

< p class="e-p">Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman, who on Wednesday spoke of a disaster on a rare scale, announced a state of emergency on Friday and called for urgent action. x27; international aid.

Residents stare helplessly at a damaged road in Quetta.

Pakistan is particularly vulnerable to climate change. It is ranked 8th among the countries most at risk from extreme weather events, according to a study by the NGO Germanwatch.

Earlier this year, much of the country was in the throes of a heat wave, with up to 51°C recorded in Jacobabad, Sindh province. Today, this city is affected by floods that have damaged houses, in addition to washing away roads and bridges.

A man distributes food to flood-affected people in Jacobabad.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has canceled his trip to Britain to oversee rescue operations and ordered the army to focus entirely on relief operations.

“I flew over the disaster area and I have no words to express what I saw.

— Shehbaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan

The regions of Balochistan (west) and Sindh (south) are the most affected, although torrential rains have affected almost the whole of Pakistan.

Videos posted on social networks on Friday showed buildings, installed near flooded rivers, as well as bridges destroyed by the waves.

A displaced woman sits with her children in a mosque after fleeing their flooded home.

In Chaman, near the border with Afghanistan, displaced people were walking through waist-deep muddy water due to a burst dam.

In Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, railway lines were cut due to damage to a bridge. Most phone networks and internet services have been interrupted, according to the telecommunications authority, which described the situation as unprecedented.

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