Floods in Pakistan: 1100 dead, including 400 children
Pakistan has been hit by heavy monsoon rains for two months. Over a million homes were destroyed. But there is no end.
Berlin. 33 million people are from the destroyers floods hit in Pakistan so far, more than 1100 have died. The government estimated that around one million homes were damaged. But an end to the disaster does not seem to be in sight, on the contrary: the situation is likely to get even worse, said the foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday.
For two months, some areas have in Pakistan hit by storms and floods, but heavy monsoon rains continue. To provide an initial relief plan for the next six months, the UN and the Government of Pakistan launched measures equivalent to approx. 116 million euros Before.
Pakistan’s foreign minister: “Colossal disaster” – country overwhelmed
Pakistan’s foreign minister and experts blame climate change for the disaster: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said it was “colossal in its scale and destruction” and exceeded the country’s resources and capacity. “Pakistan must ‘Ground Zero’ of the greatest existential threat of this century: global warming,” he said.
Also the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterreswarned in light of the disaster that greater efforts should be made in the fight against climate crisis on. “Let’s stop sleepwalking towards the destruction of our planet,” he said. “Today it is Pakistan. Tomorrow it can be your country.” Guterres also called for millions worth of relief aid for flood victims.
Pakistan: Monsoon rains for two months
The South Asian nuclear power Pakistan with its 220 million inhabitants has suffered from unusually heavy monsoon rains since mid-June. The region is particularly affected Balochistan in the southwest. But northwest Pakistan is now also struggling with heavy damage due to the floods. Natural disasters such as floods, droughts and landslides have increased in Pakistan in recent years.
On Thursday, the government came Islamabad already declared a state of emergency and asked for international help to deal with the disaster. According to the government itself, it provides 173 million dollars. According to the Ministry of Planning’s estimates, the damage to the Pakistani economy amounts to the equivalent of around ten billion euros.
Floods in Pakistan: 400 children dead
In total, more than 33 million people were affected by the floods, it said. According to the Civil Protection Agency, among those killed are also nearly 400 children. Almost 3,500 kilometers of roads were destroyed and around 160 bridges collapsed. The farmers would have lost around 700,000 animals.
As lecturer of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (OCHA), Jens Laerke, explained in Geneva that around half a million people have become homeless. Many were taken in by relatives and others, others lived in camps. New houses had to be built quickly.
Pakistan: After the rain comes the infections
The aid plan, which was presented in Geneva, provides, among other things, medical care. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), damage caused by litter and debris swept away by the water masses, electric shocks from torn cables and infections such as cholera. These are spread when sewage contaminated with faeces is not disposed of properly.
Chronically ill people such as diabetics and pregnant women will also need to continue to be cared for in an emergency. Almost 900 health facilities was destroyed or damaged. Pakistan had many malnourished children even before the floods, the children’s charity reported UNICEF. They need special support now.
that Maltese provide according to their own information 100,000 euros ready for first aid. “The situation in the flooded areas, such as in the province of Sindh, is devastating,” says Cordula Wasser, head of the Asia department at Malteser International in Cologne. Mobile medical teams would be sent to the particularly affected regions via local partners. (reba/dpa)
This article first appeared on morgenpost.de.