16 Sep 2022
The death toll reached more than 1,400 people due to the Pakistan flood which has caused by monsoon rains and the melting of ice glaciers. Authorities have warned that the flood could take up to six months. 33 million people out of a population of 220 million are impacted due to the flood until now.
Damages due to floods are expected to total more than $30 billion with homes, roads, railways, livestock, and crops being destroyed. Meteorologists estimated that continuous rainfall is expected to stretch through September. In a statement, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that the country’s largest freshwater lake, Manchar, has been overflowing since early September, with flood waters impacting several hundred villages and more than 100,000 people. He added,
“We are expediting our efforts to provide medicines and medics to the 81 calamity-hit flood-affected districts of the country. However, these are still very initial estimates as new data is coming up on the ground.”
Secretary-general António Guterres also visited Sindh where he met with local residents and people who were directly hit hard by the flood. He told to reporters during his field visit,
“I have seen many humanitarian disasters in the world, but I have never seen climate carnage on this scale. I have simply no words to describe what I have seen today: a flooded area that is three times the total area of my own country, Portugal.”
Guterres promised to address the many challenging issues facing the planet, in his speech next week to the General Assembly, which will also contain concrete recommendations for lasting solutions and a call to action.
Pakistan flood has started since July as heavy rainfall has been affecting southern and north-western Pakistan, causing floods, and flash floods that resulted in casualties and damage. According to media reports, in Balochistan Province (southern Pakistan) at least 25 people have died, 35 others have been injured, and a number of houses and road sections have been flooded.
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Pakistan flood become worsening, death toll nears 1,500
16 Sep 2022