More than a third of Pakistan has been submerged in what the UN Secretary-General called a “monsoon on steroids.” The flood-ravaged country has seen torrential rains ten times her normal since mid-June. Satellite images shared by the European Space Agency show the extent of the floods that have claimed more than 1,100 lives and affected more than 33 million people in Pakistan. Homes, farmland and infrastructure were washed away in he one of the worst floods in the country’s history. (Also read | Pakistan floods: more than 1,200 dead as aid pours in amid massive devastation)
Satellite imagery shows that the flooding Indus effectively creates a long lake tens of kilometers wide. After mapping data captured from space by Copernicus Sentinel-1, the blue-to-black colors in the image shared by ESA show where land is submerged.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif, who recently took over the reins after the economic crisis ousted Imran Khan, said it would take at least $10 billion to repair the damaged infrastructure. Pakistan faces a double food and health crisis due to unprecedented flooding.
“Our priority now is to save and protect lives as water levels continue to rise.The scale of these floods has caused shocking levels of destruction. Crops have been washed away and livestock killed in the region, which means starvation. said.
The World Health Organization has classified floods as a “highest level” emergency, warning of a rapid spread of disease due to lack of access to medical assistance.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the floods had caused new outbreaks of diarrheal diseases, skin infections, respiratory tract infections, malaria and dengue fever, and the loss of crops and livestock would affect the nutrition and health of many people. warned that it would have a significant impact on the communities that rely on these resources.
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