Pakistan, more than 1,160 deaths from floods: at least 384 children

More than 33 million people would be affected and hundreds of thousands of people live in desperate conditions without food, drinking water, shelter or medicine

The toll from the devastating floods that hit Pakistan continues to worsen. The updated but always provisional toll from the National Disaster Management Authority (Ndma) speaks of at least 1,162 deaths since mid-June, including 384 children and 231 women.



Across the country, which has declared a state of emergency and asked for aid, over 33 million people are affected and hundreds of thousands of people live in desperate conditions without food, drinking water, shelter or medicine.

Millions of hectares of cultivated land have been submerged by water, with the destruction of rice paddies, fields of tomatoes, cotton and other crops. Over 730,000 head of cattle lost. More than a million homes were damaged, as well as over 5,000 kilometers of roads and 243 bridges. According to the authorities, the losses for the Pakistani economy, already in difficulty, amount to about ten billion dollars.

Meanwhile, food prices have skyrocketed. International aid is on the way. The situation has prompted the government to consider resuming bilateral trade with neighboring and eternal rival India and to allow the import of vegetables and other products, but there is still no decision. According to the Minister of Finance, Miftah Ismail, international agencies have asked the government to allow the arrival of food products by land from India to Pakistan, but Islamabad seems reluctant and in the past similar decisions have been exploited by the opposition, branded as against. to national interests.

“If it is our turn today, tomorrow it could be someone else – premier Shehbaz Sharif wrote on Twitter in the past few hours – The threat of climate change is real, strong and is under our eyes”.

Yesterday UNCHR, the UN refugee agency, asked for support to strengthen emergency assistance for millions of people affected by the floods, in particular, 160 million dollars are immediately needed for 5-5 million people. “Pakistan is awash with suffering,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who plans to visit Pakistan next week.



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