SEHWAN: After touring some of the places affected by the floods that have affected up to a third of Pakistan, where 18 more fatalities brought the total number of deaths from days of rain to 1,343, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Wednesday that parts of the country appeared “like a sea.”
A crisis attributed to climate change that has made hundreds of thousands homeless and resulted in losses of at least $10 billion, according to officials, has affected up to 33 million of a population of 220 million.After visiting the southern region of Sindh, PM Shehbaz told the reporters, “You wouldn’t believe the amount of destruction there.” “As far as the eye could see, water was present everywhere. It resembles a sea exactly.”
The government will purchase 200,000 tents to shelter displaced people after increasing financial handouts for flood victims to 70 billion Pakistani rupees ($313.90 million).
According to PM Shehbaz, receding waters pose a new threat in the form of water-borne infectious diseases. The cost of dealing with this tragedy will run into trillions of rupees.
$160 million has been requested in aid by the UN to support flood victims.
A big portion of those impacted are from Sindh, where Pakistan’s largest freshwater lake is perilously near to bursting its banks even after being breached in an operation that forced 100,000 people to flee their homes.
According to national disaster officials, eight children were among the fatalities on the previous day. Record-breaking monsoon rains & glacier melt in Pakistan’s northern mountains were the causes of the floods.
A senior UNHCR official has cautioned that with additional rain anticipated in the upcoming month, the situation could get worse.More than 2 million acres (809,370 hectares) of agriculture have been submerged by the rushing waters, which have also destroyed 750,000 head of livestock, 5,735 km (3,564 miles) of transportation infrastructure, and 1.6 million homes.
In July and August, Pakistan received 391 mm (15.4 inches) more rain than the 30-year normal, with Sindh receiving 466% more rain than the usual.