World · August 6, 2022

Flash floods in Pakistan: 550 deaths among the heaviest rains in decades

Government agencies and the military have set up aid and relief camps in flood-affected regions and are working to help relocate families and provide food and medicine.

Aside from the casualties, the flood damaged more than 46,200 homes, the National Disaster Management Authority said Friday.

“We are doing our best to provide extensive relief and rehabilitation for flood victims,” ​​Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said during a visit to the affected areas.

But the provincial government of Balochistan said it needed more funds and asked international organizations for assistance.

“Our losses are enormous,” said the prime minister of the province Abdul Qudoos Bezenjo.

Pakistan's largest city has been hit by torrential rains as the climate crisis makes the weather more unpredictable

There was a shortage of food in every district affected by the floods, with some even disconnected from the rest of the province due to more than 700 kilometers of swept roads.

Bezenjo said his province needs “enormous assistance” from the government and international aid agencies.

The last month was the best in three decades, with 133% more rain than the average for the past 30 years, the disaster authority said. Baluchistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, received 305% more rain than the annual average, the disaster agency said.