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Pakistan dubs floods "climate catastrophe" as deaths surpass 1000 - Axios

Last updated Sunday, August 28, 2022 16:21 ET , Source: TopWireNews

More than 1,000 people have been killed since the start of Pakistan's monsoon season this summer, in what the country's climate minister has dubbed a "climate catastrophe."
Driving the news: Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority reported on Sunday that the death toll from the monsoon rains, which have sparked flooding and landslides across the country, had topped 1,060 people, AP reported.
More than 1,500 people have been injured since the start of the floods in mid-June, per CNN.
The floods have destroyed nearly 300,000 homes, caused widespread electricity outages, and made roads impassable. More than 33 million people — one in seven Pakistanis — have been affected by the floods, the Guardian reported.
What they're saying: "By the time this is over, we could well have one-fourth or one-third of Pakistan under water," Sherry Rehman, a Pakistani senator and the country’s minister for climate change, told Turkish news outlet TRT World last week.
"It is not stopping, the rain is relentless. The water is coming down in buckets from a merciless sky," Rehman told Deutsche Welle, adding that "many districts are beginning to look like they're part of the ocean" and that aid helicopters cannot find dry land to drop rations.
"It's quite devastating — it is a climate catastrophe," she added.
“Pakistan has never seen unrelenting torrential rains like this. This is very far from a normal monsoon. It is a climate dystopia at our doorstep,” Rehman told the Guardian.
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