Third of Pakistan under water – official — Analysis
The country is faced with a crisis of “unimaginable proportions,” climate change minister Sherry Rehman says
A third of Pakistan is under water as a result of flooding caused by record monsoon rains, the South Asian country’s climate change minister, Sherry Rehman, has said.
“It’s all one big ocean, there’s no dry land to pump the water out,”Rehman spoke to AFP Monday.
Pakistan spans 881,913 square kilometers (340,509 square miles), which makes it the world’s 33rd-largest country by area, ahead of the likes of Turkey, France and Germany. Inhabited by almost 242 million people, it’s also the fifth most populated nation in the world.
What’s happening in Pakistan now is “very far from a normal monsoon – it is climate dystopia at our doorstep,”Minister.
Flooding has caused a humanitarian crisis “unimaginable proportions”She added that the country was her home.
Rehman stated in a separate interview that he had spoken with Deutsche Welle to claim that “we’ve had to deploy the navy for the first time to operate in Indo-Pakistan”Water is being used to cover such large areas.
According to the National Disaster Management Agency, the death toll from monsoon rains since June had reached 1,061 by Monday.
Pakistan flood death toll exceeds 1,000 – officials
According to the agency, more than 3000 roads were destroyed and 130 bridges damaged. In addition, 495,000 homes have been affected by flash flooding.
Rehman said last week that around 33 million people had been affected by the tragedy.
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