Inhabitants in Sindh used sandbags to shield them homes due to flood waters that flooded a major highway on Wednesday like global help began to arrive with food, medicine and tents for help facilitate basic national disaster.
Abnormal torrential monsoon rains and melting glaciers triggered floods that inundated a third of country and killed at least 1191 people, including 399 children. United Nations for $160 million up to help with what he calls “an unprecedented climate catastrophe”.
In Dadu, Sindh, the inhabitants gathered to form new dams and reinforce existing using sandbags near a major highway that was flooded with water at night.
BUT general view of damaged houseafter rains and floods in the rainy season in Gary Yasin, Shikarpur, Pakistan, August 31, 2022 REUTERS
“We have been working to build and strengthen this dam since early morning,” Damshad Ali, 20, told Reuters, promising to stay. in in the floodstruck area with his family.
Another man called nearby. for help.
“I appeal to all young men come join strengthening the dam, God willing, we will save city of Mehar from flood water,” he said from the mound of sandbags like the locals joined an effort.
flood set get worse
flood on Wednesday caused water jet down from nearby mountains between provinces of Sindh and Balochistan. Residents fear that the situation could worsen due to flooding. in in north not yet reached the southern province of sind u could do it in coming days.
Global aid began to arrive, transporting planes of tents, food and medicine from China, Turkey and the UAE on a scale of devastation unfolded, foreign office said.
Flood victims travel with their things in Search for a higher land after rains and floods in the rainy season in Gary Yasin, Shikarpur, Pakistan, August 31, 2022 REUTERS
hundreds of thousands of displaced people are in urgent need of shelter, food and clean water, with the threat of more flood on Wednesday.
Pakistan got almost 190% more rain than 30-year average in in quarter before this August year, only 390.7 mm (15.38 inches). Sindh Province, with a population of 50 million was the heaviest hit, receiving 466% more rain than 30-year average.
The major rivers, the Indus and Kabul, have reached “high and very high levels”. flood”levels likely to persist rising over in next 24 hoursThe National Disaster Management Administration (NDMA) reported this.
It states that 480,030 displaced persons have been transferred to refugee camps.
A boy pushes a motorcycle after it has stopped in the middle flood water after rains and floods in the rainy season in Nowshera, Pakistan, August 30, 2022 REUTERS
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari accompanied diplomats from 20 countries on flight over flooded regions, which climate change minister Sherry Rehman says account for a third of country.
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International aid agencies have requested for relaxation on import of food from Pakistan’s neighbor India, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said.
“It will take a long time to get the situation under control,” Rehman said. news conference, adding that clean drinking water is in short supply and “diseases are spreading”.
6.4 million in need of to help
Fayyaz Ali village resident, 27 years old, in Sindh hard-hit Shikarpur district, managed to achieve his family to safety but little hope of saving him small home.
” house will fall at any moment. It’s flooded,” Ali told Reuters as he sat down. on higher Earth.
Like many others, Ali said he had not yet received any help.
The main roads that run over the fields have become shelters, with peopletogether with their belongings and farm animals seeking shelter from the sun and rain under a makeshift plastic awning.
Residents drive through the flooded street in the rainy season in Karachi, Pakistan, July 11, 2022 REUTERS
The World Health Organization has stated over 6.4 million people we in horrible need of humanitarian aid.
“Access to health facilities, health workers and essential medicines and medical supplies remain in main health challenges for now,” the WHO said. in statement.
888 medical facilities were damaged. added.
Army helicopters lifted stranded families from rooftops. patches of dry ground and food fall in hard-to-reach areas.
Colossal volumes of water flows into the Indus River, spilling out along its entire length and leaving extensive traces of land is flooded.
Flash floods washed away homesbusinesses, infrastructure and harvest. government says 33 million people or 15% of 220 million population were affected.
People are preparing a barrier with wooden logs and sandbags to stop flood water after rains and floods in the rainy season in Puran Doro, Badin, Pakistan, August 30, 2022 REUTERS
floods also washed away a standing and stored crop that officials say is likely lead to food shortages with Prices of edible items splash.
General Akhtar Nawaz, Chief of in national disaster management agency, said more over two million acres (809,371 ha) of agricultural land was flooded.
” rice the harvest was washed away, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif told reporters after visiting northern Pakistan. “There are no more fruits and vegetables.”
He said that the flood waters carried away 700,000 head of livestock.
According to preliminary estimates, flood damage in more more than 10 billion dollars, government said referring to world to help a business with what he called humanmade climate catastrophe.