Hundreds of people died in Pakistan due to heavy rains
Amidst the havoc of heavy rains and floods in various parts of Pakistan, the Ministry of Climate Change of Pakistan has issued a warning of heavy rain in the country till next week. In view of the heavy rains, the Pakistani cabinet has declared Monsoon Emergency in the country. Local media has given this information.
Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune quoted Pakistan’s Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman as saying, “According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of heavy rains in the country in the coming week.” Meanwhile, Islamabad, Kashmir, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh will receive heavy rains from August 6 to 9.
The MP said that since mid-June till now, Balochistan has received 600 per cent more rainfall than normal this monsoon season, while Sindh has received 500 per cent rainfall during the same period. In view of heavy rains, major cities of Pakistan have been warned of floods, prolonged power outages. Sherry further said that the effect of climate change is beginning to be seen in the country. Heatwave, floods and forest fires have become common in different parts of the country.
According to the Express Tribune, at least 549 people have died in the flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan. The rural areas of Balochistan province have been the most affected by the floods. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that in addition to the deaths due to floods in the country, more than 46,000 houses have been damaged.
According to the NDMA, the rain in the country last month has broken the record of three decades. Last month’s rainfall was 133 percent more than the 30-year average. The agency said that Balochistan has received 305 percent more rain during this period.