More Than 30 Million Affacted by Floods In Pakistan

More Than 30 Million Affacted by Floods In Pakistan

According to the Minister of climate change’s official statement, More than 30 million people have been affected by  session historical monsoon rains and flooding in Pakistan. Since mid-June, 937 people have died from severe rain and flooding across the South Asian country, according to the country’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Sherry Rehman, the minister for climate change, called the floods “unprecedented” and “the worst humanitarian disaster of this decade.”

Pakistan has urged the international community to help with relief efforts as it struggled to cope with the aftermath of torrential rains that have triggered massive floods since last month, killing more than 900 people.

As Pakistan has also been facing a poor economical situation and is not able to handle this massive disaster across the country, so Govt of Pakistan officially said to the international community to help Pakistan with relief operations. Floods in Pakistan killed a number of people and destroyed many buildings so relief operations must be run on a big scale. “Thirty-three million have been affected in different ways. The final homeless figure is being assessed,” climate minister Sherry Rehman said.

In a recent news conference, Rehman gave a detailed briefing on the flood situation and said it is a “humanitarian disaster of epic proportions” which hit 70% of the country area. “We need to ask not just the provinces and Islamabad, it is beyond the capacity of any one administration or government to rehabilitate and even manage the rescue and relief,” she added.

The NDMA, Pakistani Army, and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority are working to assist those affected — but there is a “dire” need for shelter and relief due to the rising number of homeless and displaced families, she said. The southern province of Sindh, which has been badly hit by the flooding, has asked for 1 million tents while neighbouring Balochistan province — largely cut off from electricity, gas and the internet — has requested 100,000 tents, she added.
“Pakistan’s priority, at the moment, is this climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions,” Rehman said, urging the international community to provide aid given Pakistan’s “limited” resources.
OCHA (United Nations agency Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) gave a report and said that monsoon rain affected millions of families in Pakistan and about 184,000 have been moved to relief camps. 
On Friday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Sharif briefed international diplomats on the crisis, stating that his country — on the frontline of climate change despite a relatively small carbon footprint — must focus its rehabilitation toward greater climate change resilience.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal separately told Reuters that 30 million people had been affected, a figure that would represent about 15% of the South Asian country’s population.
“This water is high now not only on both sides of the Indus in southern Pakistan but has triggered a new flash flood phenomenon where it’s raining in 7-8 unprecedented cycles, super flooding areas from a merciless sky,” Rehman said in a tweet.

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