with 33 million victims, the country was ravaged by the south

A human and climate disaster. At least 1,136 people have died in the massive floods that have now hit Pakistan, in the middle of the rainy season that began in June, according to the latest report from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Monday August 29, 2022.

Beyond the human toll, the remaining consequences are also staggering: more than 33 million inhabitants, or one in seven Pakistanis, were affected by the flood, and one million homes were destroyed or severely damaged. Back to pictures of the worst monsoon Pakistan has seen in thirty years.

Devastating floods

Since June, monsoon rains have been pouring in Pakistan. Usually lasting from June to September, it is important for the irrigation of plantations and for replenishing the water resources of the Indian subcontinent.

But they also bring their share of drama and destruction. And this year, these floods are severe.

A Pakistani family in a mud house damaged by floods on the outskirts of Sukkur in the center of the country on August 28, 2022. | ASIF HASSAN / AFP

Monsoon rains “not since thirty years”, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Monday, August 29, while touring the affected regions in the north.

Pakistanis take refuge in a floating structure while awaiting rescue, in Hyderabad, southern Pakistan, August 29, 2022. | NADEEM KHAWAR / EPA/MAXPPP

A third of Pakistan today “under water”said in an interview withAFP Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman spoke of a “crisis of unimaginable proportions”.

“It’s all one big sea, there’s no dry land from the water pump,” Sherry Rehman also said, adding that the economic cost, which has yet to be quantified, will be devastating.

Army soldiers distribute food bags to flood victims in Shikarpur, Sindh province on August 28, 2022. | ASIF HASSAN / AFP

A large relief operation was carried out in the country, where international aid slowly began to arrive. But the water hindered the relief operations under the supervision of the Pakistani army.

More than 1,000 died and millions were affected

A refugee family prepares to pitch a tent at a makeshift camp in Sukkur on August 29, 2022. | ASIF HASSAN / AFP

People displaced by the floods have taken refuge in hastily constructed makeshift camps across the country.

“Life here is miserable. Our self-confidence is at stake.” spoke toAFP Fazal e Malik, a Pakistani was sheltered with about 2,500 other people in the grounds of a school in Nowshera, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (north-west). “I smell bad, but there is no place to take a shower. No fans,” he added.

Residents look at a road destroyed by a strong current, in Charsadda, northern Pakistan, August 29, 2022. | ABDUL MAJEED / AFP

The NDMA said more than 80,000 hectares of farmland were destroyed, and more than 3,400 kilometers of roads and 157 bridges were washed away.

The country was hit with twice as much rain as usual, according to the meteorological service. In the southern provinces (Balochistan and Sind), the most affected, the rainfall is more than four times higher than the average of the last 30 years.

Displaced people prepare breakfast in their tent, in Charsadda, northern Pakistan, August 29, 2022. | ABDUL MAJEED / AFP

Pakistani officials have blamed the disastrous weather on climate change, saying Pakistan is suffering the consequences of irresponsible environmental behavior elsewhere in the world.

These floods come at the worst time for Pakistan, whose economy is already in crisis. Staple food prices are rising and supply problems are already being felt in the provinces of Sindh and Punjab.

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