One-third of Pakistan has been fully flooded by historic flooding as per reports by the Ministry of Climate change, MoCC. Disturbing flash floods have washed away roads, homes, and crops – leaving a trajectory of lethal chaos across the country. As per visuals, there is no dry land seen and it seems like there is a blue-brown ocean everywhere.
As per reports, At least 1,136 people have died since the monsoon season began in June, according to officials. The summer rain is the heaviest recorded in a decade and is verified by the government on climate change. This year’s record monsoon is comparable to the devastating floods of 2010 – the most fatal one in Pakistan’s history – which left more than 2,000 people dead.
The benevolent situation in Pakistan has worsened further over the past two weeks as hefty water showers continue to cause drowning, and landslides resulting in displacement and destruction across the country.
As per figures, the country has received nearly 190% more rain than the 30-year average in the quarter through August this year, totaling 390.7 millimeters (15.38 inches). Sindh province, with a population of 50 million, was hardest hit, getting 466% more rain than the 30-year average.
Sixty – six districts have been officially stated to be ‘calamity hit’ by the Government of Pakistan out of which 31 in Baluchistan, 23 in Sindh, 9 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and 3 in Punjab. 116 districts have been affected, including 66 districts officially declared ‘calamity hit’. At least 937 people were killed and 1,343 people injured since 14 June. Over 218,000 houses have been destroyed and a further 452,000 damaged since 14 June, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.
The destruction by floods is expected to further upset an economy that has previously been in chaos, possibly leading to a severe food shortage and tallying to skyrocketing inflation, which stood at 24.9% in July.
Damage to road infrastructure was extensive. The damage was greatest in the mountainous areas and Baluchistan, where many bridges collapsed rendering some areas completely inaccessible. Due to roads destruction, the whole province of Baluchistan got cut off from the rest of the country
Impact on Agriculture, Crops, and Livestock:
More than two million acres (809,371 hectares) of agricultural land is flooded. According to the FAO agricultural assessment report, the floods caused damages of unprecedented scale to agriculture crops, livestock, fisheries, and forestry and destroyed primary infrastructures such as tube wells, water channels household storage, houses, animal sheds, personal seed stocks, fertilizers, and agricultural machinery. The floods struck just before the harvesting of key crops, including cotton, rice, maize, vegetables, and sugarcane, and at the beginning of the Rabi (winter) wheat cultivated season which usually starts in September/October