"Monster Monsoon" Causes Historic Flooding In Pakistan


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An aerial view of a flooded residential area in Sindh Province, southeastern Pakistan. (Credit: UNICEF South Asia/Twitter)

A "monster monsoon" is wreaking havoc in the South Asian country of Pakistan. The torrential rains, which began in mid-June and continued for eight weeks, have left a third of the country underwater and turned villages into islands. Most recent reports indicate over 1,500 people have died and 30 million — 1 in 7 Pakistanis — have been displaced from their homes.

More than two million acres of farmland have been flooded resulting in the loss of livestock and rice and cotton crops. Hundreds of thousands of people have no access to drinking water or sanitation facilities. People in the rural communities, who keep cash savings at home, have seen their money literally washed away by the flood waters. Those who do have funds left are rapidly depleting them to survive in the crisis.

33 million people have been affected by the floods (Credit: Al Jazeera/CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Many bridges and roadways are underwater or impassable, and over 800 health facilities have been impacted by the flooding. Some have been forced to close entirely. According to initial government estimates, the physical damage to the country may surpass $30 billion.

“People have lost everything and we’ve seen colossal damages to homes, dams, agriculture, horticulture, livestock, incomes, water systems, and sanitation facilities," says Abdul Hadi Khattak, Islamic Relief’s Monitoring and Evaluation specialist. "The floods are affecting every aspect of society, and we fear they will continue to have a devastating impact on people’s lives for a long time to come."

Over a third of Pakistan is underwater (Credit: Al Jazeera/CC-BY-SA-2.0)

The United Nations and Pakistan are seeking $160 million to help recover from the disaster. Many countries are heeding the call. China has sent 25,000 tents and other much-needed supplies, while the United Kingdom has pledged £15 million ($17 million) towards rebuilding efforts. Since August 12, 2022, the United States has provided over $50 million in disaster assistance to help the people of Pakistan. On September 12, 2022, US service members delivered 400 metric tons of relief supplies, including kitchen sets, tarps, and shelter-fixing kits. They are expected to help over 300,000 people with shelter and household needs.

Resources: theguardian.com, Alzajeera.com, Uniecef.org, CNN.com


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  • milesperry034
    My step-dad is from pakistan
    • hunter45544
      😔 That is so sad. I wish they are going to be okay!!! Hope things are getting better there. Again SO SAD!!!
      • newsmp
        newsmpabout 1 month
        Very sad😥😞!
        • rydahufigycu
          rydahufigycuabout 1 month
          i support them so much#isuporthemsomuch😁😁😁😁
          • indiaguyana
            indiaguyanaabout 1 month
            I am so glad my country(Canada) donated $25M in aids to help Pakistan
            • noryjabodohy
              지은 이about 2 months
              So many disasters are happening around the world
              • kipyfudypico
                kipyfudypico2 months
                it looks dangerous.
                • evee8c
                  evee8c4 months
                  I hope this get better soon😔
                  • chin9863
                    chin98633 months
                    Same but hoping won't change anything , doing something like taking action will its not like Monsoons are going to pack up and go away!
                  • rylopagylale
                    rylopagylale5 months
                    I hope things are better now and flooding has stop and their crops are okay so they can eat and people can get in to work
                    • itisjosie
                      itisjosie5 months
                      😔 That is so sad. I wish they are going to be okay!!! Hope things are getting better there. Again SO SAD!!!