Water begins receding in Pakistan’s worst flood-hit south

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The floodwaters in Pakistan’s worst-hit southern Sindh province are receding, a potentially bright sign in the current crisis that has left hundreds of thousands homeless in the poor South Asian country, officials said on Friday.

The Indus river, which was in spate till earlier this month, is now reaching “normal” levels towards the Arabian Sea, according to Mohammad Irfan, an irrigation officer in hard-hit Sindh. The water level fell by three feet in the last 48 hours in some submerged areas, including Khairpur and Johi towns, where waist-deep water damaged crops and houses earlier this month.

A day earlier, engineers opened a major highway in southwestern Balochistan province, allowing rescue workers to expedite aid to victims in the race against the spread of waterborne diseases and dengue fever.

Nevertheless, hundreds of thousands of people in Sindh are living in temporary homes and tents. Officials say it will take months for the water to drain completely into Sindh.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority, nationwide floods have damaged 1.8 million homes, washed away roads and destroyed nearly 400 bridges. Since mid-June, floods have killed 1,508 people, submerged millions of acres and affected 33 million people. More than 1.5 lakh people have become homeless. At one point, about a third of the poor country was under water. Many economists say the cost of the disaster could reach $30 billion.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has urged developed countries, especially those behind climate change, to increase aid to their country.

The last day, scientists and experts in the latest study about the ongoing floods in Pakistan said that the country’s overall vulnerability, which included people living in harm’s way, was the main factor in the disaster. But “climate change” also played a role in the heavy rains that flooded the country.

The August rainfall in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan – together roughly the size of Spain – was at least seven times the normal amount, while the entire country received three times the normal amount. It is a collection of mostly volunteer scientists from around the world who conduct real-time studies of extreme weather to look for evidence of climate change, reports World Weather Attribution.

In Pakistan, the country’s climate change minister, Sherry Rahman, was the first to publicly blame the developed world for climate-induced unusually heavy monsoon rains, which began in June and are expected to continue this month.

“Pakistan, at least in the south, is completely submerged. Go a little further up in Sindh, outside Karachi and you’ll see a sea of ​​water, with no pauses. How to provide them with healthcare? Help us.”

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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