- About a third of Pakistan is underwater.
- More than 1,150 people have been killed in the floods.
- Photos show the populace struggling amidst rising floodwaters as well as damaged buildings and homes.
- More rain is expected in coming weeks.
One-third of Pakistan is underwater after the country has experienced an unprecedented amount of rain since early summer, according to Pakistan’s climate change minister Sherry Rehman.
Rehman said that the country has suffered eight weeks of unrelenting rainfall. More than 1,150 people have been killed since mid-June due to the flooding, The Associated Press reported.
More than 1 million Pakistani homes have been damaged or destroyed in this summer’s floods, and millions of people have been displaced.
The flooded area is about the size of Colorado, according to The Washington Post. Initial government estimates report that the record-breaking rainfall has caused $10 billion in damage to the economy.
Abid Qaiyum Suleri, executive director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute and a member of Pakistan’s Climate Change Council said that this summer, the country has received the highest rainfall in three decades.
“So far this year the rain is running at more than 780% above average levels,” Sureli explained.
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Rains stopped three days ago, but more rain is forecast in the near future. The floodwaters remain, and rescuers are still evacuating people from flooded villages.
“The situation is likely to deteriorate even further as heavy rains continue over areas already inundated by more than two months of storms and flooding,” said Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Tuesday. “For us, this is no less than a national emergency.”
Photos show the populace struggling amidst rising floodwaters as well as damaged buildings and homes. Click through the slideshow above to see images of the devastating flood.
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