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Pakistan - - a third of it is under water

Pakistan – – a third of it is under water

The worst humanitarian disaster of the decade, sums up Pakistan’s Climate Minister Sherry Rehman.


Pakistan is going through its eighth monsoon, while we usually only have three to four rains. The rate of severe flooding is shocking.

The climate minister stated that a third of the country is now under water.

More than 1,000 people have been reported killed since the monsoon rains began in June.

There can also be large dark numbers. Several cities in northern Pakistan were cut off as roads and bridges were destroyed in floods.

Several hundred children

Several hundred children accordingly CNN among the dead. It is reported that 348 children died in the storm, and 1,527 others were reported injured.

On Monday, Pakistan’s emergency authorities – the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) – said that in the past 24 hours alone, 119 people died and 71 were injured in the rain.

Roads, fields and villages are now under water.

– There is only one big ocean, no dry land where we can pump the water away, says Rahman, writing in the Swedish Gazette Express.

Prime Minister Shabazz Sharif said during his visit to the affected areas in the north of the country that the rain had not fallen so much in 30 years.


At least 180,000 people have been forced from their homes.

The army is now helping to evacuate the worst affected areas, such as Baluchistan in the southwest of the country. Flood centers are being set up in several places in the country to help the victims. The Sindh region in the south of the country has requested 100,000 tents.

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Aid: Armed elements of a volunteer organization Services Corporation patrol a residential area in Pakhtunkhwa state, Monday, August 29.  Photo: Abdel Meguid / Agence France Press / NTB

Aid: Armed elements of a volunteer organization Services Corporation patrol a residential area in Pakhtunkhwa state, Monday, August 29. Photo: Abdel Meguid / Agence France Press / NTB
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The Pakistani government declared a state of emergency and called for international assistance. On Sunday, first aid kits, including tents and food, began arriving.

More than 30 million are affected

It is said that 33 million people have been affected by the floods this year. This corresponds to one in seven Pakistanis. The entire region is now under water, according to the climate minister.

– This is far from the normal monsoon, says Climate Minister Sherry Rehman.

This year’s flood is compared to the 2010 flood, which was by far the worst since measurements began. More than 2,000 people died and a fifth of the country’s population was under water.

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Huge costs

Until 2050, floods and other water disasters are expected to cost the global economy 56 trillion NOK (one trillion equals 1,000 billion). Droughts, storms and torrential rains in some of the world’s largest economies could cost the global economy dearly in the coming years. This shows a report published on Monday, discussed before Reuters.

This year, cities in China and South Korea have been inundated with floods. Flooding also affected Pakistan and Afghanistan, while drought put farmers’ crops at risk in Europe.

On Friday, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif briefed international diplomats on the crisis. He stated that his country, despite its relatively small carbon footprint, is at the forefront when it comes to the consequences of climate change. Pakistan’s efforts must now turn towards confronting climate change.

This week is according to year Expect drier weather in Pakistan.