Pakistan is asking for international help as some parts of the country are like a small ocean

Climate Change Minister Sherry Rahman said on Sunday that the unprecedented rains had unleashed a “climate disaster”, with floodwaters inundating homes, destroying farms and displacing millions.

“We had to deploy navies for the first time to work in India and Pakistan, because a lot of them are like a small ocean,” he told German radio Deutsche Welle.

The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) said on Monday that floods and torrential rains have killed at least 1,136 people, including 386 children, and injured 1,634, since mid-June, as the rains torrentials were expanded further in the future. More deaths are feared.

“When this is not over, we could have filled a quarter or a third of Pakistan with water,” Rahman told Turkish news agency TRT World on Thursday.

New satellite images from Maxar Technologies on Monday showed the extent of the disaster: houses and farms were completely submerged along the Indus River, as well as the towns of Rajanpur and Rojhan in Pakistan’s most populous Punjab province.

A video released by the Pakistani military shows soldiers rescuing people trapped in floodwaters from a treacherous helicopter, including a child stuck on rocks in the middle of a raging river in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to the NDMA’s latest status report, flash floods have destroyed more than 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) of roads, damaged 130 bridges and damaged 495,000 homes, making access to flooded areas even more difficult.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Sunday that this year’s monsoon season has been “extremely disastrous”.

Bhutto Zardari said: “I have not seen any destruction or devastation of this magnitude.” “It’s hard for me to formulate the phrases that we’re so used to, whether it’s monsoon rains or floods, that don’t sum up the ongoing devastation and devastation that we’re still seeing.”

National calamity

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif joined the relief effort over the weekend, where supplies were dropped from a helicopter into areas difficult to reach by boat or land, according to video from his office.
“After visiting the flood-affected areas and meeting people, the scale of the disaster is more than expected,” Sharif said. to tweet on Saturday. “The need of the hour is for us to come together as a nation to support our people in this calamity situation. Let us rise above our differences and stand with our people who need us today.”

He appealed for help from the international community after meeting ambassadors and diplomats in Islamabad on Friday.

Residents gather along a road damaged by floodwaters after heavy monsoon rains in Charsada district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on August 29, 2022.

On Monday, the head of IFRC representatives in Pakistan, Peter Ofov, said the aid network had requested more than $25 million to provide immediate assistance to some 324,000 people in the country.

“Given the enormous damage caused by the floods, it is gradually becoming clear that the relief effort will take a long time. It will be a watery road ahead as the people of Pakistan begin their journey to rest. houses”.

More than 3.1 million people have been displaced by the “sea-like” floods that have destroyed more than half a million homes in various regions of the country, according to a statement released Saturday by the International Federation of Red Cross Societies and the Red Crescent. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies).

The head of the Pakistan Aid Network, Abrarul Haque, said on Friday that water was not the only challenge facing aid workers in the area.

“These heavy floods have greatly restricted transport and mobility. The threat of the Covid-19 virus and the damage to vehicles, infrastructure and communications make emergency relief work almost impossible. Most of those affected are also not they can move or they are stuck, making it difficult to access them”, he said.

Displaced people, fleeing flood-hit homes after heavy monsoon rains, prepare breakfast in their tents at a makeshift camp in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district on August 29, 2022.

“The Brutal Monsoon of the Decade”

Pakistan is already battling its eighth Rahman monsoon he said Thursday, an anomaly in a country that normally receives three or four rains a year.

“Pakistan is facing one of the world’s most dangerous climate disasters,” Rahman said in a video statement.

“We are focusing on the front lines of the extreme weather events we have witnessed since the beginning of this year from a relentless series of heat waves, wildfires, flash floods, the eruption of several glacial lakes and now the brutal monsoon of the decade.,

In remarks on Sunday, Bhutto Zardari said Pakistan is bearing the brunt of climate change as other countries with large carbon footprints are doing little to reduce their emissions.

“Pakistan contributes negligible amounts to the global carbon footprint, but climate disasters ravage us again and again, and we have to adapt with our limited resources,” he said.

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