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Pakistan’s Monsoon Rains & Floods Killed Over 1,000 People

Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority reported on Sunday that over 1,033 people had been killed and 1,527 injured due to heavy rains and flooding since mid-June

Monsoon Rains & Floods Killed more than 1,000 People in Pakistan

According to officials, since mid-June, Pakistan has suffered severe rains and flooding, which killed at least 1,050 individuals, including about 350 children, and injured 1,527 others. Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported that over the past 24 hours, 119 people have died, and 71 have been injured. In the wake of the disaster, the Minister for Climate Change, Sherry Rehman, stated that more than 33 million people had been affected.

This decade has seen the most devastating floods in recorded history, and she dubbed the floods “unprecedented.” The country is experiencing its eighth cycle of monsoon rains, whereas it typically experiences only three to four cycles of rain per year, Rehman explained. It results in an alarming number of super flood torrents. She said that “maximum” relief efforts are underway in the country’s south, emphasizing the impact on that area.

On Friday, the country’s Ministry of Interior announced that the Army would be deployed to help with relief and rescue operations in flood-affected areas. Balochistan, Pakistan’s worst-hit southwestern province, will receive assistance from troops from Pakistan’s four provincial governments. Provinces and the government will determine the number, location, and timing of soldiers, the ministry said.

Pakistan’s Flood Victims Throw Note Begging for Help

Several flood relief centers have been established throughout the country to assist with collecting, transporting, and distributing flood relief goods to victims, the Pakistan Armed Forces reported. In addition, as part of its efforts to help flood-affected individuals, military troops provide evacuation assistance, shelter, meals, and medical care. According to the NDMA, around 150 kilometers of roads across the country were damaged in the past 24 hours, and over 82,000 homes have been partially or entirely damaged.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Manoor valley was hit by a flash flood on Friday, causing at least ten bridges and dozens of buildings to collapse. As a result, hundreds of residents were stranded across the river. Villagers throw handwritten notes to the BBC News team when they visit, saying, “We need supplies, medicine, and please rebuild the bridge; we are left with nothing now.” Manoor valley is a popular tourist destination in Pakistan, located in the mountains of Kaghan.

At least 15 people have been killed in a torrential flood that has hit the valley. Among the dead are women and children. Flash floods destroyed only a concrete bridge that connected the scenic valley to the main city. In the past week, all villages on the opposite side of the river have been cut off, leaving residents waiting for assistance. Following a one-hour dangerous drive where many points were damaged by flooding and landslides, the BBC team reached the valley.

Pakistan's Monsoon Rains & Floods Killed Over 1,000 People
Pakistan’s Monsoon Rains & Floods Killed Over 1,000 People
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In addition, the Pakistan Armed Forces announced that flood relief centers had been established throughout the country to assist in collecting, transporting, and distributing flood relief goods to victims. The Army provides evacuation assistance, shelter, meals, and medical care, according to the armed forces, as part of its response to the floods.

Fund and Relief Activities

Rehman said that the provisional government requested a million tents for Sindh, which has been badly affected by flooding, while 100,000 have been requested for Balochistan, which has been largely cut off from electricity, gas, and the internet, she said. According to Rehman, Pakistan’s priority is to deal with this climate-related humanitarian disaster, which is epic proportions. However, due to Pakistan’s limited resources, Rehman appealed to the international community to assist.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, briefed international diplomats on the crisis on Friday, saying his country must focus on rehabilitation to become more resilient to climate change. Although Pakistan has a relatively small carbon footprint, it is on the front lines of climate change. Ahsan Iqbal, the Minister for Planning and Development, separately told Reuters that thirty million individuals had been affected, a number that would represent around fifteen percent of the South Asian country’s population.

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