Climate Change Minister Sherry Lehman said on Sunday that unprecedented rains had caused a “climate catastrophe” with floods inundating homes, destroying farmland and displacing millions of people.
“For the first time we had to deploy our navy to operate in India-Pakistan, because most of India-Pakistan resembles a small ocean,” she told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. rice field.
The death toll has reached 1,061 since mid-June, according to the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) on Monday.
“By the time this is over, a quarter or a third of Pakistan will likely be under water,” Rehman told Turkish news agency TRT World on Thursday.
On Monday, new satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies showed the scale of the disaster – homes and fields were completely submerged along the Indus River and in Rajanpur and Rojan in Pakistan’s most populous province of Punjab. The same goes for cities.
A video released by the Pakistani military shows military helicopters carrying out a dangerous rescue operation. Among them was his one boy who was trapped on a rock in the middle of a raging river in northwestern Khyber province of Pakhtunkhwa.
Rapid flash floods have destroyed more than 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) of roads, destroyed 130 bridges, damaged 495,000 homes and made inundated areas more difficult to access, according to the NDMA’s latest situation report has become
Foreign Minister Bilawal Butto-Zardari said on Sunday that this year’s monsoon season has been “absolutely devastating”.
“I have never seen destruction and devastation on this scale,” said Bhutto Zardari. “I find it very difficult to put into words the phrasing we are all familiar with, whether monsoon rains or floods, but the ongoing devastation and disaster we are still witnessing is completely reflected. It doesn’t seem to summarize to.”
After meeting with ambassadors and diplomats in Islamabad on Friday, he appealed to the international community for help.
On Monday, Pakistan’s representative to the IFRC, Peter Ofoff, said aid networks had requested more than $25 million to provide urgent relief to an estimated 324,000 people in the country.
“Seeing the incredible damage the floods caused, it gradually became clear that the relief effort would take a very long time. What’s left of their homes?” said.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a statement on Saturday that more than 3.1 million people had been forced from their homes by “sea-like” floods, with more than 500,000 homes damaged in multiple districts across the country. (IFRC).
Pakistan’s aid network chairman Abrar ul Haq said on Friday that water is not the only challenge for humanitarian workers in the region.
“These torrential rains have severely restricted transportation and movement. The threat of Covid-19 and damage to vehicles, infrastructure and connections has made our emergency relief efforts nearly impossible. Most of the affected people are immobile or left behind, making it difficult for us to contact them,” he said.
“Monster Monsoon of the Decade”
Pakistan is already battling its eighth monsoon cycle. Said Thursday, unusual for a country that typically sees such rainy seasons three to four times a year.
“Pakistan is experiencing one of the most severe climate disasters in the world,” Rehman said in a video statement.
“We are at the epicenter of extreme weather at this point, with relentless heat waves, wildfires, flash floods, multiple glacial lake outburst events and now the monsoon monster monsoon since the beginning of the year. Ten years.”
Butto-Zardari said in comments on Sunday that Pakistan is bearing the brunt of climate change and that other countries with larger carbon footprints have done little to cut their emissions.
“Pakistan contributes little to our overall carbon footprint, but we are repeatedly devastated by climate disasters like this and have to adapt within our limited resources. .