Pakistan’s armed forces have rescued another 2,000 people trapped in floodwaters, they said in a statement, as the disaster, blamed on climate change, has inundated about a third of the country and is expected to continued.
This year’s record-breaking monsoon rains and melting glaciers in northern Pakistan have caused floods that have killed at least 1,208 people, including 416 children, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said. .
The UN has appealed for $160 million in aid to deal with what it has described as an “unprecedented climate disaster” as Pakistan’s navy moves inland to carry out relief operations in sea-like areas. .
In Sindh’s Dadu district, one of the worst-hit provinces, some villages are submerged in up to 3.35 meters of water, according to Bashir Khan, a local resident who is in contact with people still in the area.
“My own house is submerged in water, I had left my house four days ago with my family,” he said in a statement to Reuters.
In neighboring Mehar, residents are building a dam in an attempt to prevent water from reaching the town, he added.
The Navy airlifted more than 150 people from villages in Dadu yesterday, Thursday, according to a statement.
Today, the military also announced that it has evacuated around 50,000 people from affected areas, including 1,000 by air, since rescue operations began.
“Over the past 24 hours, 1,991 stranded people have been evacuated,” the armed forces said in a statement, adding that nearly 163 tons of humanitarian supplies had also been delivered to those affected by the floods.
Some humanitarian aid flights are expected to arrive today from Middle Eastern countries such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, according to Pakistan’s foreign ministry.
Weather service officials are predicting more rain and flash flooding this month as southern regions brace for rising water levels on the Indus River.
Sindh has asked flood centers to hire more female doctors to ensure adequate care is provided as more pregnant women and new mothers are displaced by the floods.
This year’s rains in Pakistan in the three months from June to August exceeded the 30-year average for this period by almost 190%.