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The Devastating Flood Situation in Pakistan by June, 2022

The devastating flood in Pakistan caused more than 1,508 fatalities in the country.

Evacuated People from Flood Area

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Areas hit by monsoon rains

Areas hit by monsoon rains

What is Happening in Pakistan

Pakistan is a South Asian country with a population of 220 million people. In the year 2022, political crises in Pakistan surpassed GDP, Agriculture, Services, and Industrial growth, resulting in economic crises that are expected to recover and grow by 2% by the end of 2023. Furthermore, torrential monsoon rainfall which was more than 67% above the normal rate in Pakistan's history triggered the flood situation that plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis.

The natural disaster flood raised and proved to be the worst of its sort in 75 years affecting 33 million people. The affected number can be imagined by comparing it with the total population of Canada (38.2 million), Poland (37 million), Saudi Arabia (35.3 million), and Malaysia (32.7 million).

The flood water is expected to take another 06-months to recede, and one-third of the country is submerged; bringing an estimated $30 billion financial loss.

Pakistan is a country that has experienced extreme climate change, and authorities are looking at developed countries that are contributing more carbon emissions. China and America are at the top of the list, solely responsible for this disastrous situation in Pakistan, and these rich countries are not contributing to Pakistan in proportion to the financial loss. PM Shahbaz Sharif has said in an interview;

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Pakistan should not be forced to go to rich polluting nations with "a begging bowl" in the aftermath of the catastrophic flooding which has affected nearly a third of the country.

In April and May 2022, Pakistan faced the hottest temperature that caused the death of 100 people due to heat waves, and the melting of 7200 glaciers of Pakistan unimaginably, is also a source of flood in addition to rainfall.

The Indus River is causing devastating flooding in the provinces of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Sindh. Approximately 150 bridges and 3,500 kilometers of road have been destroyed across the country. More than 1,508 people were killed, including 536 children and 308 women. During rainfall or flood-related incidents, a total of 12, 758 people were injured. 700,000 livestock and 2 million acres of crops and orchards were also lost at a cost of $2.3 billion.

As the WHO has stated there is a continuing outbreak of water-borne disease and the threat of malaria transmission has increased dramatically, according to UNICEF, 10 million children require immediate lifesaving assistance and medical aid.

According to Shah Zaman Malkani, a government official in the Dadu district, many people have not received assistance.

"We have a huge challenge," he said, adding that "over 90% of the district is flooded."
"We've been told that it will take at least three to six months for the water to drain." We don't know how or when we'll be able to return. We are completely reliant on God".

Pakistan death toll tops 1,200 as flooding spreads | DW News

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 MUSAVIR ABBAS

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