Pakistan home to more glaciers than anywhere else in in world outside polar regions, but as the climate warms it becomes more vulnerable to sudden outbreaks of glacial melt water power cause widespread damage to people.
This was announced by the chief meteorologist of the country. year only Pakistan saw three times more than usual amount of glacial lake outbursts – sudden release of water from a lake fed by melted glaciers – this can cause catastrophic flood.
Sardar Sarfaraz of the Pakistan Meteorological Department said on Thursday that there were 16 such incidents. in north of Gilgit-Baltistan region in 2022 compared with just five or six visible in previous years.
“Such incidents occur after the melting of the glaciers [a] rise in temperatures,” Sarfaraz told Reuters, adding: “Climate change is basic reason for such things.”
The melting of glaciers is one of the clearest and most visible signs of climate crisis and one of its most immediate consequences.
it’s not yet clear how lots of pakistani current The flood crisis may be related to the melting of glaciers. But if global warming emissions are not curbed, Sarfaraz suggests the country’s glaciers will continue to melt. speed.
“Global warming will not stop until we cut greenhouse gas emissions, and if global warming will not stop, these effects of climate change will on in rise,” he said.
Pakistan responsible for less than 1% of in the worldThe planet-warming gases are in Britain, according to the European Union, but according to the Global Climate Risk Index, the country is the eighth most vulnerable country before the climate crisis.
This vulnerability was on display for months, with record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in the country’s northern mountains caused floods that killed at least 1,191 people. people – including 399 children from mid-June.
South Pakistan got ready on Thursday for more wave flood of water flowed down the Indus river aggravating the devastation in third country of which the already flooded as a result of a natural disaster caused by climate change.
United Nations for $160 million up to help with what he called “an unprecedented climate disaster”.
“We on heightened alarm as water flowing downstream from the northern flood is expected to enter the province. over in next a few days,” the spokesman said. of Sindh province governmentMurtaza Wahab told Reuters.
Wahab said flow of about 600,000 cubic feet second expected to inflate the Indus by experiencing it flood defense.
Pakistan got almost 190% more rain than 30-year average in in quarter June to August, 390.7 mm (15.38 in) total.
Sindh, with a population of 50 million was the heaviest hit, receiving 466% more rain than 30-year average.
Some parts of province view like inland sea with only occasionally patches of trees or raised roads breaking the surface of gloomy flood water.
hundreds of families took in refugees on roads, the only land in vision for a lot of of them.
Villagers rushed to meet with Reuters news team passage one road near the city of Dadu on Thursday, begging for food or other help.
Floods washed away homes, businesses, infrastructure and roads. Crops in the vine and in storage were destroyed and about two million acres (809,371 ha) of agricultural land is flooded.
government says 33 million people or 15% of 220 million population were affected.
The National Disaster Management Authority said that about 480,030 people people have been moved and are under supervision in camps, but also those who were not expelled from homes face danger.
“More than three million children are in need of humanitarian aid and with an increase risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition due to severe flooding in recent history”, the UN children agency warned.
The World Health Organization has stated that more more than 6.4 million people we in horrible need of humanitarian aid.
help start arrive on planes are loaded with food, tents and medicines, mainly from China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Aid agencies have contacted government to allow food imports from neighboring India across a largely closed border that for has been the front line for decades of opposition of nuclear armed rivals.
government has not indicated that he is ready to open the border for Indian food imports.