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Floods in Pakistan: A third of the country is under water: PM

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The Minister of Meteorology says that one third of Pakistan has been completely submerged due to historic floods. Devastating typhoon floods have washed away roads, homes and crops – wreaking havoc across Pakistan.

Sherry Rehman called it a “crisis of unimaginable proportions” and said, “It’s all one big ocean, there’s no dry land to pump the water from.” At least 1,136 people have According to officials, he died after the onset of the monsoon season in June.

A third of Pakistan is under water right now

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The summer rainfall is the heaviest recorded in a decade and has been blamed by the government on climate change. “Literally, a third of Pakistan is under water right now, which has exceeded all limits, crossed all limits, that we have seen in the past,” Ms Rehman told news agency AFP. Rahman told news agency AFP.

This is the first time we’ve seen anything like it,”

Of those known to have died, 75 were in the past 24 hours alone, officials said on Monday, adding that the death toll is likely to rise.

Speaking to the BBC, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that a third of those killed were believed to be children.

“There is still a lot of damage to be dealt with,” 

Floods have affected more than 33 million Pakistanis – one in seven people – according to officials. Heavy water has submerged bridges and roads in the northern Swat Valley of the country, due to which entire villages have been submerged.

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Thousands of people living in the mountainous region have been ordered to evacuate – but with the help of helicopters, authorities are still struggling to reach people who are trapped.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, after visiting the area by helicopter, said that village after village has been destroyed, millions of houses have been destroyed.

Those who managed to escape were packed into one of the many makeshift camps across the country.

This year’s record monsoon equals the devastating floods of 2010 . The deadliest in Pakistan’s history – in which more than 2,000 people died.

There are also growing concerns about the ongoing cost of recovery from this disaster and the government of Pakistan has appealed for financial assistance from aid agencies, friendly countries and international donors.

“Based on a very early estimate, it’s more than $10 billion (£8.5 billion),” Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal told Reuters.

He further said that almost half of the country’s cotton crop has been destroyed and vegetable, fruit and rice crops have suffered heavy losses.

But Mr Sharif said debt relief from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Amounting to around $1.2bn (£1bn) over the next year, would be a big help in reviving the economy.

The program, which Pakistan entered in 2019, was suspended earlier. This year after Islamabad failed to meet the targets set by the lender.

The UK government on Saturday announced it had allocated up to £1.5m ($1.8m) to flood relief efforts.

Speaking separately, Queen Elizabeth II said she was “deeply saddened. To hear of the tragic loss of life and destruction caused by the flood”.

“As Pakistan begins its recovery, the UK stands with it.” 

“It’s painful to live here. AFP spoke with flood victim Fazal Malik from a school used to house some 2,500 refugees in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Provinces like Sindh and Balochistan have been the most affected. But the mountainous regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have also been affected.

A rice farmer near the southeastern city of Sukkur in Sindh province told AFP news agency that his fields were destroyed by floods.

“Our crop is spread over 5,000 acres, on which the best quality rice is grown and you and. We are eating it,”Said 70-year-old Khalil Ahmed. “It’s all over.”

Sindh is so inundated that emergency workers are struggling to reach people in need. “The lack of landing strips and approaches makes it difficult for Pakistani pilots to land,” an official told AFP.

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