Pakistan asks for help to deal with floods that have already left more than 1,000 people dead
Pakistan I ordered this Sunday Support from other countries to deal with severe floods Who suffers and why? More than a thousand dead Since mid-June, when the heavy monsoon rains began.
“Some countries have promised help and they are coming, but we need more help Millions of people “They were affected by the floods,” Planning and Development Minister Ihsan Iqbal said.
The United States, the United Kingdom, China and the United Arab Emirates, among others, have responded to the country’s call for help, but more funds are needed to respond to the worst flood Who lives in Pakistan from 2010the year in which more than 2,000 people died in floods.
The first flight containing aid and relief items is scheduled to land this afternoon at Noor Khan Air Base in north Rawalpindi, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
He will be followed by 15 other planes carrying humanitarian supplies that will arrive in the coming days from the United Arab Emirates.
At least 1,033 people have died across the country since the rains began on June 14, 119 of them in the past 24 hours, according to the latest report from Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
The NDMA reported that the rainfall has also injured 1,527 people in the past two months.
Minister Iqbal, who also chairs the National Flood Relief Committee, said all government agencies are working day and night to provide rescue and relief services to flood victims.
Floods have caused devastation in recent days, especially in the north, due to the Floods of the Kabul and Swat riverswhich passes through Nowshera and Charsadda districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
The images reveal how the water entered hundreds of homes in various towns and forced thousands of people to flee and spend the night on the roads with their livestock.
The Indus River, which runs through the country from north to south, is also at risk of imminent flooding at several points, forcing local authorities to evacuate many towns.
According to an official at Jinnah Dam in northern Pakistan, the water flow into the dam is currently 440,000 cubic feet per second, which poses a very high risk of flooding.
“Jinnah dam is likely to record a heavy water flow of 700,000 cubic feet per second for 24 to 48 hours,” said Khaled Farid, head of the dam.
In addition, authorities have warned of a second wave of floods in the southern province of Sindh, where millions of people are already sleeping in tents or in the open air due to the devastation caused by the torrential rains that swept the region.
The government declared a state of emergency in the flood-affected areas and the army was deployed to help the victims.
The country is experiencing severe flooding at a time when it is facing a faltering economy, a depletion of foreign exchange reserves, a collapse of the local currency and a high inflation that exceeded 44% over the past week.
During the monsoon season in South Asia – from June to September – landslides and floods are common, and in addition to casualties, significant material damage occurs.
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