Map shows extent of flooding in Pakistan as death toll nears 1,000

At least 45 people have died in the past 24 hours alone due to flooding in Pakistan, bringing the overall toll since June to nearly 1,000.

Multiple cycles of torrential rains have hit many parts of the country since mid-June, with the government saying the floods have affected nearly 33 million people, or almost 15% of the population.

A national emergency has now been declared and the government has deployed the army to help local administration cope in several provinces.

Where did the floods hit?

Infographic showing worst affected areas in Pakistan by number of houses destroyed

(UNOCHA)

Pakistani state television reported that the latest floods displaced thousands of people in the northwestern provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, southwestern Balochistan and southern Sindh.

Meteorologists say these provinces received about four times the expected 30-year average rainfall during this period. Local news agencies reported that on Saturday six more dams burst in different parts of Balochistan, submerging dozens of villages and farmlands.

Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said soldiers and relief organizations were helping people to safety in those provinces as well as in eastern Punjab.

“[The] the government has authorized sufficient funds to financially compensate those affected and we will not leave our people alone at this difficult time,” she said.

Anadolu Agency reported that the southwestern Chaman border post between Pakistan and Afghanistan remained closed due to heavy rains and flooding.

What is the death toll?

The National Disaster Management Authority, in its latest overnight report, said 45 people were killed in flood-related incidents from Friday to Saturday. This brought the death toll since mid-June to 982 with 1,456 injured.

Officials say the death toll since June includes more than 300 children.

On Saturday, Pakistani army soldiers distribute food to flood-affected people in Rajanpur, Punjab province

(EPA)

The disaster management authority said most fatalities were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, followed by Sindh and Balochistan.

The ongoing monsoon and floods have affected at least 30 million Pakistanis across the country and left thousands more without shelter, electricity or gas. More than 600,000 homes have been destroyed.

What are we doing to help?

Pakistan’s Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman wrote on Twitter earlier this week that local authorities were unable to help people on their own and appealed to the global community for support. assistance.

Local television coverage has included stories of people in extreme distress, with families wading through waist-deep water, holding their children and carrying essential items on their heads.

In several places, school buildings have been converted into shelters for the displaced.

United Nations foreign affairs spokesman Asim Iftikhar said a UN flash appeal would be launched on Tuesday “simultaneously from Geneva and Islamabad”. He said the appeal was “meaningful, and would trigger the response of the international community as well as bilateral aid from other countries.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif cut short a visit to Qatar and wrote on Twitter on Saturday that he would “visit flood-affected areas and meet people”.

A displaced family takes shelter on the side of the road after fleeing their flood-hit home in Jaffarabad, Balochistan province on Wednesday

(AP)

“The scale of the calamity is greater than expected,” he said. “The times demand that we come together as one nation to support our people in the face of this calamity. Let’s rise above our differences and support our people who need us today.

Mr Sharif said the extent of flood damage was worse than in 2010, when heavy rains killed 1,700 people in Pakistan. He blamed the “horrors of climate change” for the tragedy.

Experts say the unprecedented erratic weather, including downpours and melting glaciers, has almost certainly been made worse by the climate crisis. “We have never witnessed such an unusual downpour in Pakistan in the last decades,” scientist Shahla Gondal told The Associated Press this week, adding that Pakistani authorities are “ill-equipped and don’t know not how to face the disaster”.

While waiting for the call from the UN, Pakistan Dawn newspaper launched a Fundraising for flood victims.

Map shows extent of flooding in Pakistan as death toll nears 1,000

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