Pakistan floods: 33 million impacted, 982 fatalities, 6.8 lakh homes destroyed
As the flood death toll approaches 1,000, Pakistan declares a national emergency.
Pakistan is battling terrible floods, leaving 30 million people homeless and at least 937 dead.
The weather service in Pakistan, according to The Express Tribune, has forecast further rain for the upcoming week.
Pakistan’s Islamabad – Nearly 1,000 people have perished and more than 30 million people are still without shelter in Pakistan as monsoon rains continue to batter the South Asian country, prompting the government to proclaim the disastrous floods a “national emergency.”
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), at least 937 people have perished since mid-June, including 343 children. Vast areas of the southwest province of Balochistan are still under water, evoking memories of the devastation caused by the 2010 floods.
“At present, more than half of (the country) is under water and millions of people have been forced homeless as a result of flash flooding created by exceptional monsoon rains,” said Pakistani news website Dawn on Saturday morning.
Over 5.7 million people are also without food and shelter as a result of unprecedented rains.
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Sindh provinces, where heavy rain has continued for a second day in a row and blocked off areas due to damaged roads and bridges, have experienced a “new wave of death and destruction,” according to The Tribune.
Crops and cattle are also damaged as part of the catastrophe.
According to news agency PTI, Sindh and Balochistan were the severely affected, and various locations along these regions’ train lines saw a suspension of service.
Due to poor weather, Pakistan International Airlines cancelled all of its Friday flights to Quetta, the capital of the Balochistan province.
According to news agency ANI, the Pakistani government has declared a “national emergency” and will now make a “flash plea” to the UN. There has already been $3 million set aside for the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.
The Tribune added that heavy rain warnings are still in effect as of Tuesday, August 30. The following week is expected to see more rain.
The calamity has been most devastating in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan. Pakistan Railway has paused some operations, while Pakistan International Airlines has cancelled flights to Quetta, the capital of the Balochistan province.
According to the Dawn, Quetta and its surroundings are still underwater after a 36-hour rainstorm put an end to life as we know it and caused hundreds of families to lose their houses.
Because authorities were unable to restore pipelines that were washed away by floods in the Bolan river, the floods and storms have also contributed to a severe gas shortage.
On Friday, videos of inundated streets and nearly submerged cars first appeared on Twitter. A well-known hotel was seen crumbling in a video of the flooding.