April 13, 2024

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Monsoons in Pakistan cause millions of people to suffer from floods

Floods in Pakistan have harmed millions of people, killed hundreds of people, and prompted the government to proclaim a national emergency.

More than 900 people have died since June, including 34 on the previous day, according to the National Disaster Management Authority’s report on Friday.

People are looking for shelter as faded tents fill the streets of Sukkur, a historic town in the southern Sindh province.

The only thing many people have is a bed; everything else was washed away.

Plastic garbage has spilt out of sewage pipes, and the streets are under water. Water drainage has been slowed down by the presence of large pools of unclean water.

The locals fear waterborne diseases will spread as a result of the standing water. In Sindh province, it has been raining nonstop all week, and there hasn’t been much relief for the communities eager to go home and see what they can rescue.

In the city’s centre, several houses have suffered damage and are now reduced to their walls.

More than 300 people have died as a result of the floods in Sindh alone. People set up tents along the congested streets in whatever dry area that is still accessible because further rain is predicted.

According to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday, 33 million people, or around 15% of the population, were affected by the floods.

More international aid has been requested by the nation, and Mr. Sharif recently met with ambassadors from several countries in Islamabad.

He claimed that the losses brought on by this season’s floods were comparable to those brought on by the floods of 2010–2011.

Multiple monsoon cycles have hit Pakistan since the start of the summer, demolishing more than 400,000 dwellings nationwide.

At least 184,000 people have been relocated to relief camps, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN agency in charge of disaster relief.

Rainfall in Sindh, which has had nearly eight times its normal August rainfall, has been particularly intense in southern Pakistan.

According to Ms. Rehman, local authorities there have requested a million tents to shelter displaced individuals.