Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Pakistan Flooding: 'A Catastrophe On A Scale I Have Never Seen' - 1,061 Already Killed

'A catastrophe on a scale I have never seen': A THIRD of Pakistan could be underwater before floods that have killed 1,061 people begin to recede, country's experts warn

Pakistan's foreign minister said the calamitous floods gripping the country are 'a catastrophe on a scale that I have never seen' as the death toll soared above 1,000 and an area the size of Britain faced going underwater.

Tens of millions of Pakistanis have been forced to flee their homes as entire villages have vanished, with dramatic footage capturing hotel collapses, helicopter rescues and narrow escapes. 

Foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said this morning from his home in flood-ravaged province Sindh, south-eastern Pakistan: 'Around me is just water, water and more water. There's not much dry land to be found.

Horror footage shared by Labour MP Khalid Mahmood showed the moment an entire building fell into a river as a crowd watched on - and quickly ran back as water flooded onto the street

'We've suffered a devastating monsoon [with] floods from the sky that have been going on since the end of June.

'It is a catastrophe on a scale that I have never seen before', he told the BBC.

More than 20 of the 30 districts in the affected province, which is home to nearly 48 million people, have been declared 'calamity-hit', he added.

And 33 million households have been displaced or affected by the environmental disaster - well over the 20 million people forced to move during the 1947 Partition, Mr Zardari said.

He added: 'We've experienced floods and monsoons before but this has really engulfed us all.'

The death toll this morning reached 1,061, including 28 deaths in the past 24 hours, the National Disaster Management Authority said. They said 119 died on Saturday.

Environment minister Sherry Rehman yesterday described the deadly two-month monsoon season as 'a serious climate catastrophe', while army chiefs called the destruction 'unprecedented.'

Ms Rehman added: 'We could well have one fourth or one-third of Pakistan under water'.


1 comment:

WVBORN56 said...

Prayers for Pakistan....this is heartbreaking ....