15% Pakistani population affected by floods

NDMA report says death toll has now climbed to 1,033: Nearly million homes destroyed: Over 2 million acres of cultivated crops wiped out: 3,451kms of roads destroyed: 149 bridges washed away: Over 0.7 million livestock killed

By: News Desk
Published: 10:45 AM, 28 Aug, 2022
Pakistan floods
Caption: Motorcyclists ride past a road damaged by floodwaters after heavy monsoon rains in Quetta.–AFP
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The death toll from monsoon flooding in Pakistan since June has reached 1,033, according to figures released Sunday by the country's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

It said 119 people had died in the previous 24 hours as heavy rains continued to lash parts of the country.

The annual monsoon is essential for irrigating crops and replenishing lakes and dams across the subcontinent, but each year it also brings a wave of destruction.

Officials say this year's monsoon flooding has affected more than 33 million people -- one in seven Pakistanis, about 15 percent of the population -- destroying or badly damaging nearly a million homes.

The NDMA said more than two million acres of cultivated crops have been wiped out, 3,451 kilometres of roads destroyed, and 149 bridges washed away.

According to the NDMA’s data, 1,033 people died while 1,527 sustained injuries since June 14 from the rains and floods. During the past 24 hours, 119 people died and 71 were injured.

As per the data, 76 people died in Sindh, 31 in Khyber Pakhunkhwa, six in Gilgit Baltistan, four in Balochistan and one in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. 

A total of 949,858 homes have been partially or fully destroyed, out of the total, 662,446 homes have been partially damaged, 287,412 have been fully destroyed. While 719,558 livestock have also been killed. 

A total of 3,451.5kms of road has been damaged, and 149 bridges have collapsed, 170 shops destroyed. 

At least 110 districts of Pakistan have been hit by the floods with 72 of those districts declared calamity hit.

The NDMA’s latest report shows 5,773,063 people have been affected by the floods. However, it clarified that the data in today’s sitrep was based on confirmed figures but its estimates showed that more than 33 million of population has been affected by the floods.

The authority shared that 51,275 have been rescued while 498,442 have been moved to relief camps.