No one cares about us, Pakistanis lament. They are experiencing hell because of the giant floods

Terrifying footage from Pakistan has gone viral around the world. A third of the country is under water

The foreign journalists present are witnessing a mass exodus of people who have found themselves homeless in their homeland and have nowhere to go because there is water everywhere. These people have been on the road for several days. In most cases, their children are sick, but their parents do not have money for doctors or medicine.

We are afraid

Some people have managed to stay at least close to the places they once lived and call home, and try to live at least partially normal lives. They mostly work in the fields.

But for many it was a matter of life. “We almost drowned, luckily we managed to escape. But we are really afraid. We almost lost our youngest children as the water surrounded us from all sides,” Radha, one of the survivors, told reporters on Britain’s Sky News channel.

The place where Radha and her family now resides looks like an island. It is surrounded by water and muddy swamps, through which you cannot even get to the main road.

People in Sindh province are constantly wading through water. They tied their beds to tires and turned them into makeshift rafts. They leave their homes and save what they can.

We don’t know what to do

“We don’t even have a boat to save our property. We just collected what we could and carried it ourselves. We are devastated, we are homeless,” one Mashook resident told Sky News.

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They don’t know where they will go or what they will do. These people not only lost their home, but also their livelihood. And day by day they are more and more frustrated. According to them, help is still not coming. “We have all lost our livelihood, our youth are educated but cannot work now. What should we do? We are poor people, no one cares for us,” a woman named Balkees, sitting in a roadside village, told reporters.

Earlier, Pakistan’s climate change minister told the media that the floods were draining the country to the max and that more help was urgently needed. People in Sindh province, like millions of others across the country, are scavenging riverbanks, muddy fields and roadsides for what little dry land remains. This is their home for now.

Devastating floods in Pakistan

More than 1,100 people have died and thirty-three million have been affected by the monsoon rains and melting glaciers, which have destroyed homes, infrastructure and crops.

The UN is launching a crisis plan including support of 160 million dollars (almost 4 billion crowns) to help mitigate the unprecedented climate disaster. Several global charities have decided to support it, which are trying to raise money to help those affected by extreme weather.

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“The scale of these floods has caused a shocking level of destruction – vast swaths of the country have swept away crops and killed livestock, meaning famine will follow,” said Saleh Saeed, executive director of one of the organizations.

Satellite images show how large areas have been flooded over the past month. Local authorities said an estimated third of the country was under water. The photos also show the flooded Indus River, which, according to CNN, has turned part of Sindh province into a hundred-kilometer-wide inland lake. The province, which is one of the worst affected, saw 466 percent more rainfall than the 30-year average in the last quarter.

Helicopters rescue people from rooftops and patches of dry land and drop food in hard-to-reach areas. Pakistan’s Disaster Management Authority said the levels of the main Indus and Kabul rivers were at high to very high flood levels and would continue to rise.

Thousands of tents, food and medicine have already arrived in the country from China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, but more are needed given the scale of the disaster. According to the World Health Organization, around 6.4 million of the tens of millions affected are in need of immediate assistance.

According to the head of Pakistan’s disaster agency, General Akhtar Nawaz, more than eight hundred thousand hectares of agricultural land are flooded. “The rice crop is completely washed away. Fruits and vegetables are gone,” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif added after visiting northern Pakistan.

Who is to blame for climate change?

Pakistani ministers have accused Western countries of causing the disaster through climate change and now have a duty to help.

In general, rich countries pollute the most, while developing countries emit the least, yet bear the brunt of the impacts. For example, the United States is responsible for a fifth of global emissions since 1850, while the United Kingdom is the eighth largest cumulative polluter.

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Pakistan is a developing country that contributes very little to climate change. Nevertheless, it is one of the most affected by its consequences. Thousands of glaciers hide here, and the monsoon season drives ever higher temperatures.

That’s why rich countries pledged in 2009 to give their poorer counterparts $100 billion a year by 2020 to help them both reduce emissions and cope with the impacts, which can include flooding. However, donors fell short of that goal and ended up providing only $83.3 billion by 2020, $16.7 billion less than they had promised.


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