Pakistan floods: Death toll climbs to 1,136; around 33 million people affected

Pakistan Floods

Army troops evacuate people from a flood-hit area in Rajanpur district of Punjab in Pakistan on August 27, 2022.

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Islamabad: The flood situation in Pakistan continued to remain grim on Monday. The death toll due to floods crossed the 1,100 mark since mid-June this year. Around 33 million people have been displaced due to the severe deluge following torrential rains.

According to Pakistani officials, at least 1,136 people lost their lives in the South Asian country in the rain and flood-related incidents. Pakistan’s Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman called it the “monster monsoon of the decade”.

As per the country’s Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, the floods have impacted the economy by USD 10 billion. Over 1,600 people have also been injured due to the flooding. According to the latest data issued by the National Disaster Management Authority, about 1,051,570 houses were totally or partially damaged. Millions of people are also left without food.

Around 7,19,558 livestock are also dead. On Monday, 11 people lost their lives after their capsized in the Indus river in Sindh‘s Sehwan. There were reportedly 30 people on the boat when the tragic incident took place. People were migrating from submerged villages to a safer location when their boat capsized. Seven people have been rescued. The Pakistan Navy has launched a rescue mission to find the missing people.
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Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan are the worst-hit provinces of Pakistan due to floods. “Currently, Jhelum, Ravi, Chenab and Sutlej rivers are flowing normal, while Indus river is at high flood level at Attock, Chashma, Taunsa and Sukkur,” Pakistan Army’s public relation Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said as quoted by IANS.
Last week, the Pakistani government declared a national emergency as the country was facing the worst-flood situation in decades. The Shehbaz Sharif government also appealed to the international community for help.

On Tuesday, the United Nations and the Sharif government will launch a formal appeal for USD 160 million to fund emergency aid for Pakistan. “We along with the (Pakistani) government are planning a flash appeal of $160 million for immediate relief activities,” said Stephane Dujarric, the UN Secretary-General spokesperson, as quoted by AFP.

The UN has already provided about USD seven million for relief and rescue operations in Pakistan. An additional USD three million has also reportedly been released by the UN emergency response fund.