International aid came Monday as troops and volunteers desperately tried to evacuate thousands of people stranded by widespread flooding caused by the “monster monsoon” that claimed more than 1,000 lives this summer. Arrived in Pakistan.
Cargo planes from Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, starting an international rush to help poor countries, landed in Islamabad on Sunday, carrying tents, food and other daily necessities.
They were among the nations that pledged to help Pakistan tackle devastating floods after authorities called for international assistance.
So far, very heavy monsoon rains that have caused flash floods across the country have affected 33 million Pakistanis, damaged nearly 1 million homes and killed at least 1,061 people.
Pakistani officials say this year’s devastation is worse than 2010, when floods killed 1,700 people.
The country’s military chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, said on Sunday that his country could take years to recover.
Last week, in a statement, the United Nations allocated $3 million to UN aid agencies and their partners in Pakistan to respond to the floods, with the funds to be used for Pakistan’s health, nutrition, food security, and water and sanitation services. said. Flood-affected areas, with a focus on the most vulnerable areas.
Pakistan has been hit by heavy rains this year, mainly due to climate change, and has also had forest fires this year, according to the scientist and Sherry Rehman, a Pakistani senator and the country’s climate minister.
But critics say the Pakistani government has little interest in building new dams and reservoirs.
An unprecedented monsoon season has affected all four states of the country.
Floods have destroyed more than 150 bridges and washed away dozens of roads, complicating rescue efforts.
The government has deployed at least 6,500 soldiers to assist civilian authorities in rescue and relief operations across the country.
Prime Minister Shabazz Sharif was visiting various flood-affected areas in the northwest of the country on Monday. Sharif said the government will provide housing to all those who have lost their homes.