Pakistan’s prime minister made a desperate plea for international help in what he said was the “most difficult moment” in Pakistan’s history with a climate that flooded much of the country. He said he was not responsible for any disasters caused by the crisis.
“We suffer from it, but it’s not our fault,” Shebaz Sharif told journalists at a news conference Tuesday afternoon, while his climate minister called the floods a “climate catastrophe.” called.
“We are dealing with situations that we have never seen in our lives,” Sharif said. “More than one million homes have been damaged or destroyed. His 72 districts of Pakistan have been hit by the disaster, submerging all four corners of Pakistan and washing away more than 3,500 kilometers of roads. the animal died.
“This is the toughest exercise in the history of Pakistan. He has never seen so much flooding in his life … Now I fear not, I have never seen so much devastation in my life. I say no,” he said. “We urge the international community to come and help us and keep us on standby at this hour.” He added that there is transparency in
Pakistan’s climate change minister, Sherry Rehman, said the town has become “a sea and a river”, but expects the country to plunge into drought in the coming weeks due to a warming climate. We are on the front lines of an unfolding climate catastrophe.”
Rehman claimed that Pakistan emits less than 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. “Our footprint is so small…There are countries that have to get richer from fossil fuels and let’s be honest about this,” she said. “Now is the time to make a difference. We all have a role to play, but they have a bigger role to play in this climate catastrophe.”
At the same press conference, Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal said, “People are enjoying life in the West, but someone here is paying the price.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that Pakistan is facing a “steroid monsoon” as the government issues more flood warnings over the next 24 hours.
Two months of heavy rains have caused the worst flooding in more than a decade.
Guterres said Tuesday that South Asia is a hotspot of the climate crisis, with tens of millions of people in need of help. Pakistan’s devastating floods are all about the destruction caused by human-induced global warming. He said it was a warning to the country of
“The people of Pakistan are facing a monsoon on steroids, with epoch-making levels of rain and constant flooding,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking to see these generous people suffer so much.” has been issued.
“People who live here [climate crisis] Hotspots are 15 times more likely to die from climate effects,” Guterres said. “With more and more extreme weather events around the world, it is outrageous that climate action is on the backburner and endangers us all everywhere.”
Pakistan’s Balochistan and Sindh provinces have seen more than four times the average rainfall over the past 30 years.
Majid Ali Bugio, 30, left his home state of Sindh with his extended family of 20 early Monday morning after hearing of a nearby embankment breach.
Bugio said in a phone call that he asked his family to go to Karachi because many parts of Dadu and Badin districts were submerged. “We need rations, food, medicine and emergency assistance from the Sindh government and the government must help us evacuate. He said. “More than 70% of the population [wider city of Khairpur Nathan Shah] remain. Shops and bazaars are deserted and many villages are submerged. ”
Flash floods caused by the climate crisis have affected more than 33 million people, officials say. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDA) said on Monday that the death toll from Pakistan’s monsoon rains and floods reached her 1,136, with 75 dead in the past 24 hours.
In an emergency alert issued on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Flood Forecasting Department (FFD) said very high levels of flooding were likely to continue over the next 24 hours in the Kabul River, which flows into Pakistan’s Indus River.
The Indus Highway in Sindh has been submerged under two feet of water. This highway connects Sindh with Punjab and Balochistan.
A video shared by a resident showed a coach slipping on the highway while water was flowing, and authorities were involved in rescuing passengers.
Local media reported an increase in water-borne diseases in Sindh and other parts of Pakistan. Some parts of Sindh have seen a 100% increase in disease.
Flash floods caused by unusual monsoons have washed away bridges, roads, homes, livestock and people across the country.
Gul Hasan, 38, of Khairpur Nathan Shah sent his three children and wife to the highlands of Sindh during his stay in his hometown. he said:
“This is very sad during this time of disaster as we are witnessing such problems. I know that no one can steal decades of savings.”
Aamer Sarfraz, a Conservative MP in the British House of Lords, said Tuesday that he was seeing firsthand the “devastating effects of the floods” in Pakistan.
“I hope our government will immediately and significantly increase financial support for humanitarian relief. As always, now is the time to step up.”