IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. In Pakistan, monsoon rains have killed more than 1,000 people and devastated entire regions

Fertile, deadly and devastating rain. In Pakistan, the monsoon, which began in June, caused floods and landslides throughout the country, disrupting the lives of more than 33 million Pakistanis. The bad weather has already claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people, according to the latest report from National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Cars, buildings and bridges were washed away.

A historically high number of victims

This year’s monsoon has been extremely deadly, and authorities fear a scenario comparable to the floods of 2010, which destroyed a fifth of the country. According to an official count published on Saturday August 27 (document in English), 1,033 people have died from drowning or been trapped in collapsed buildings since mid-June. Among them, 348 children were found dead.

Residents of a village evacuate a flooded area in Pakistan's Sindh province on August 25, 2022. (CHINA NEWS/SIPA/XINHUA)

For comparison, the monsoon caused the death of more than 160 people in 2021, according to a report. (document in English) from the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC). In 2010, nearly 2,000 people died because of this rain.

This year, the event has forced more than 3 million people from their homes and caused the deaths of 710,000 farm animals, according toan International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Refugee families on the side of the road in the city of Peshawar, northern Pakistan, August 27, 2022. (MUHAMMAD SAJJAD/AP/SIPA / SIPA)

Houses, roads and bridges were swept away by the flood

The material toll was also very heavy, with the destruction of half a million homes across the country, as the Pakistani Red Crescent lamented. “The situation is getting worse day by day., there alerted on Saturday Abrar Ul-Haq, president of the organization. The downpour has severely hampered transportation and traffic. The threat of Covid-19 and the damage caused by vehicles (…) make emergency repairs almost impossible. ” In total, thousands of kilometers of roads were destroyed or remained impassable. On social networks, amateur videos filmed in the district of Swat, in northern Pakistan, show the power of the waves and the extent of the damage.

According to regional media, the warning given in some districts 24 hours before the high tide allowed tens of thousands of Pakistanis to take refuge in safer places, such as schools, universities and the surrounding area. in buildings. Since August 26, the country is in a state of national emergency and the Pakistani army has been mobilized to help the victims.

Residents of a village in Swat Valley in northern Pakistan collect firewood near a house that was destroyed by floods on August 28, 2022. (ABDUL MAJEED / AFP)

Humanitarian aid relies heavily on appeals for donations

While the peak of the flood seems to have been reached on Sunday, it is time for clearing operations and sheltering populations. THEnational disaster management authority distributed tents, tarpaulins, mosquito nets and hygiene kits in the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan especially, in the south of the country, which is one of the most affected. In the overloaded trucks of NDMA there are also life jackets, because the monsoon is not over yet and casualties are still dangerous.

In order to carry out their operations, associations and authorities increase calls for donations. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has set up his own emergency relief fund to which all citizens can contribute, including Pakistanis living abroad. “The extent of the disaster is more than expected”, he wrote on Twitter on August 27, after returning from the flooded area. After a terrible drought and this period of deadly monsoons, the specter of famine is now looming over some provinces of the country, where plantations and food stocks are sometimes completely destroyed by heavy rains. .

Soldiers distribute food to disaster victims in Hyderabad (southern Pakistan), August 27, 2022. (PERVEZ MASIH / AP / SIPA)

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