The flood damage and destruction in Pakistan has made the world rethink how badly it has affected the earth’s climate. Underdeveloped countries face the worst effects of climate change. And Pakistan, which contributes less than 1% to global carbon emissions, is the 8th most affected country. Record-breaking rains for the past 3 decades and the melting of 7,000 glaciers in the north of the country have contributed enormously to rising water levels in dams and rivers, leading to devastating floods. More than 33 million people have been affected by the floods in 2 months and 116 districts have been affected, including 84 declared disaster victims.
More than two months of destruction has left millions of families without a livelihood and villages engulfed in floods. 1,638 people died including 588 children and 12,865 injured in these floods. Since the start of the season, 2 million people have lost their homes and are now living in the open without a source of food or water, livestock are dying and children are about to face dangerous diseases of origin water. More than 1.1 million head of cattle perished in the floods. Estimates indicate that more than 2,000 health facilities have been affected by the heavy rains and floods, and the health sector reports that access to health facilities, health workers, essential drugs and medical supplies remains limited. Early disease surveillance indicates that tens of thousands of people are affected by diarrhoea, malaria, acute respiratory infections, skin and eye infections and typhoid.
Damage to infrastructure prevents rescue teams and humanitarian organizations from reaching the affected areas and carrying out their relief work. With 13,074 km of roads partially or completely damaged and 392 bridges destroyed, limiting the delivery of aid to those in need. The total loss Pakistan has faced so far is expected to exceed $20 billion.
People are facing extreme hardship to meet their most basic needs as inflation rises due to the huge loss of standing crops and farmland leading to depreciation of the economy. Getting back to where Pakistan and these people were before these floods could take months or even years. This is the amount of damage that country has received. Over 4.4 million acres of crops and orchards have been affected, including at least 304,000 acres in Balochistan, 438,000 acres in Punjab and over 3 million acres in Sindh.
IRW CEO Waseem Ahmad and Country Director of Islamic Relief Pakistan met Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Federal Minister of Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal and assured that Islamic Relief will continue to help people until they are back on their feet. .
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited flood-affected areas in Pakistan and met with Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, discussing the current situation of those affected and how the international community can help to relief operations. Ensuring the UN will stand with those affected, he said it was essential that the international community start noticing the effects of climate change before it is too late.