Torrential monsoon rains have pounded southern Pakistan, triggering serious flooding affecting more than five million people, among them communities still recovering from last year’s extraordinary floods.
The southern Sindh province has been the worst affected by monsoon rains with the regional capital, Karachi, brought to a standstill by heavy downpours. The disaster has reportedly claimed the lives of 266 people, destroyed or damaged nearly one million houses, and flooded 4.5 million acres of land, prompting the Government of Pakistan to call for support from the United Nations. Thousands of people are in urgent need of assistance due to lack of food and safe drinking water, as well as the loss of livelihoods and homes. The UN’s refugee agency says that the flooding is so bad that some areas will remain submerged for six months.
The impacts include:
- 1.8 million people have left their homes and 750,000 are living in temporary sites
- Nearly 60,000 cattle had either died or disappeared
- 400,000 homes have been completely destroyed
- 4.5 million acres of land had been affected by the rain
- More than two million people in Pakistan are suffering from flood-related diseases including malaria and diarrhoea
- More than 7,000 people are being treated for snake bites.
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