Floods in Pakistan: Hundreds of children among 1,000 people were killed

Floods in Pakistan: Hundreds of children among 1,000 people were killed

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has added that 119 people have died and 71 have been injured in the last 24 hours.

About 33 million people have been affected by the disaster, Pakistan’s Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman said Thursday. He called the floods “unprecedented” and “the worst humanitarian disaster of this decade.”

“Pakistan is experiencing its eighth monsoon cycle when the country normally has three to four monsoon cycles,” Rehman said. “The percentage of major floods is staggering.”

He particularly focused on the impact in the south of the country, adding that “maximum” relief efforts are ongoing.

The deployment of the army was authorized to support relief and rescue operations in flood-hit areas, the country’s Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The ministry said the troops would assist four provincial governments in Pakistan, including the worst-affected southwestern province of Balochistan.

The exact number of troops as well as where and when they will be deployed will be worked out between states and governments, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, flood relief centers are being set up in various parts of the country to assist in the collection, transportation and distribution of flood relief goods to the victims, the Pakistan Army said.

Army forces are also helping people move to safer places, providing shelter, food and providing medical services to those affected by the floods, the army said.

The southern province of Sindh, which has been badly affected by the floods, has requested 1 million tents, while nearby Balochistan province — which lacked electricity, gas and internet — has requested 100,000 tents, Rehman said.

“Pakistan’s priority, at the moment, is this humanitarian disaster caused by large-scale weather,” Rehman said, urging the international community to provide aid from Pakistan’s “limited” resources.

A villager uses beds to store disposable items after rescuing from his flooded house in Jaffarabad.

On Friday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Sharif briefed international diplomats on the crisis, saying that his country – at the forefront of climate change despite its low carbon footprint – must direct its reforms towards greater climate resilience. climate change.

Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal separately told Reuters that 30 million people were affected, a figure that would represent about 15% of the South Asian country’s population.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in an update on Thursday that monsoon rains have affected about 3 million people in Pakistan, of whom 184,000 have been displaced to relief camps across the country.

More than 900 killed by monsoon rains and floods in Pakistan, including 326 children

Refinancing and reconstruction efforts will be a challenge for cash-strapped Pakistan, which is forced to cut spending to ensure that the International Monetary Fund approves the release of much-needed bailout funds.

The NDMA said in a report that in the last 24 hours, 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) of roads were destroyed across the country and more than 82,000 houses were partially or fully destroyed.

Since mid-June, when the monsoon rains started, more than 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) of roads, 130 bridges and 495,000 houses have been damaged, according to the latest NDMA status report, statistics also supported the OHCA report.