Pakistan floods: 937 people dead since mid-June, over 30 million affected

Pakistan floods

A woman uses a trunk to salvage usable items from her flood-hit home in Jaffarabad, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022.

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Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday declared a national emergency after torrential rains and floods wreaked havoc. Since mid-June, at least 937 people have lost their lives due to floods, while over 1,300 people have been injured.

Among the deceased were 343 children. Over 70 per cent of the country was severely affected by floods. Over 30 million people have been affected by floods in Pakistan. It is the worst disaster in the South Asian country in a decade.

Pakistan’s minister for climate change, Sherry Rehman, called the natural calamity “unprecedented”. “Pakistan is going through its eighth cycle of monsoon while normally the country has only three to four cycles of rain,” Rehman said as quoted by CNN.
Sindh is the worst-hit province in the country. over 300 people died in this province due to the deluge. The government of Singh reportedly asked for one million tents. As per Rehman, Sindh has received 784 percent more rainfall this month than the August average, while 23 districts of the province were severely affected by the deluge
Meanwhile, Balochistan remains disconnected from the rest of the country due to the severe deluge. Railway tracks, internet services and telecommunication services have been disrupted in Balochistan. As per the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the services have been affected in Quetta, Ziarat, Khuzdar, Loralai, Pishin, Chaman and Panjgur districts of the province.
On Friday, Pakistan Prime minister Shehbaz Sharif briefed international diplomats on the flood situation in his country. Around 3,037 km of roads were also destroyed, while 130 bridges were reportedly washed away due to the floods in Pakistan. Notably, More rains are expected in the regions of Sindh and Balochistan.