903 people died so far due to monsoon rains: Sherry
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Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman Wednesday said the country has embraced unprecedented spells of torrential downpour of biblical proportion that lashed out its vulnerable areas without any break.
In an interview with a foreign news channel, the Minister elucidated the country’s vulnerability due to climate change and the magnitude of torrential rains across the country.
She said the situation was changing regularly on ground whereas the country’s death toll has gone up to 903 due to massive flash flooding.
“As we speak now thousands of homeless without shelter and food, communication lines have been completely cut off. It is a serious humanitarian disaster,” the Minister said.
“Our death toll has gone up to 903 with thousands homeless without shelter & food. It is a serious humanitarian disaster. The cities aren't geared for the type of climate resilience that is required for this consistent torrential downpour”— SherryRehman’sTeam (@SRehmanOffice) August 24, 2022
Fed Minister @sherryrehman pic.twitter.com/TRvNTekDR4
To a query, she said the country had never seen in the living history such relentless monsoon rains with six and seven spells, adding, “Pakistan is undergoing the eighth cycle of relentless monsoon rains that has no such precedent before.”
She mentioned that it barely gave the government a gap of half a day or one day as for instance in Karachi the city received 400mm rainfall within a few hours.
Responding to another query, she said no city was structured or geared up for that type of climate resilience that it could cope with such an amount of water in a very short time.
“It’s literally buckets pouring down and everyone is caught unprepared. We have a monsoon season every year but this is nothing like that… it is a torrential downpour of biblical proportion”.
Later, she also shared data on her Twitter account showing he gravity of the situation.
According to the data shared by the minister, the highest number of deaths and injuries during the time period was recorded in Sindh and Balochistan.
ملک بھر سے بارشوں اور سیلاب کی تباہ کاریوں کے دل دہلانے والے مناظر سامنے آ رہے ہیں۔ مون سون کی بارشوں اور سیلاب کے مختلف واقعات میں جون سے اب تک 903 افراد جاں بحق ہوئے ہیں جس میں 326 بچے اور 191 خواتین شامل ہیں۔ جبکہ 1293 لوگ زخمی ہوئے ہیں۔ 1/3 pic.twitter.com/wVVT0jtaE4— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) August 24, 2022
The PPP leader said that thousands of people had been displaced due to floods, claiming that a “humanitarian crisis” had arisen across the country.
“The government is utilising all available resources to help the flood victims,” she assured, stressing that the local administrations and provinces needed more resources to deal with the catastrophe.
Rehman underscored the need to meet the shortfall in resources, emphasising attracting partners and donors at the national and international levels.
“Thousands of people trapped in floods are waiting for rescue and relief. This is not the time for division, but for unity. We have to deal with and overcome the humanitarian crisis as a nation, not separately,” she added.
The country has received a massive rainfall during the prevailing monsoon season that crippled its connectivity routes and infrastructure and left thousands destitute due to heavy inundation.
The governments at provincial and federal levels along with its Armed Forces are busy in resuce and relief efforts.