The death toll from the floods in Pakistan has now risen to more than 1,500. More heavy rain is expected in the coming days in the country, which is a third underwater.
According to UNICEF, more than 500 children are among the dead. In addition, 3.4 million children need “immediate, life-saving assistance. ” ” Young children live outdoors with their families, without drinking water, food or other resources. They are exposed every day to a wide variety of new flood-related risks and hazards – including drowning and snake bites.”
Water levels are beginning to fall in some areas of Pakistan, but heavy rainfall in neighbouring countries is worrying authorities. Rainfalls in India could cause rivers in Pakistan to overflow again. The provincial disaster relief authority has advised residents of some areas to be evacuated to prevent more deaths.
I have never seen climate carnage on the scale of the floods here in Pakistan.
As our planet continues to warm, all countries will increasingly suffer losses and damage from climate beyond their capacity to adapt.
This is a global crisis. It demands a global response. pic.twitter.com/5nqcJIMoIA
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) September 10, 2022
Pakistan has been plagued by several climatic problems since June, such as heat waves and forest fires. However, the biggest problems at the moment are monsoon rains and melting glaciers. In the past three months, almost twice as much rain has fallen as during an average monsoon. This has caused floods that have completely destroyed roads, houses, bridges and crops. According to scientists, the heavy rainfall is the result of climate change. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, as well as other Pakistani politicians and aid workers, blame the climate disasters on Western countries that emit far more CO2 than Pakistan itself.
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