‘Monsoon Monsoon’ causes historic flooding in Pakistan Kids News Article

An aerial view of a flooded residential area in Sindh province, southeast Pakistan. (Credit: UNICEF South Asia/Twitter)

A “monstrous monsoon” is brewing ravaged in the South Asian country of Pakistan. The torrential the rains, which began in mid-June and continued for eight weeks, left a third of the country under water and turned villages into islands. The most recent reports indicate that more than 1,500 people have died and 30 million – 1 in 7 Pakistanis – have been moved from their homes.

More than two million acres of farmland were flooded, resulting in the loss of cattle and rice and cotton crops. Hundreds of thousands of people have no to access drinking water or sanitation facilities. The people in the rural communities, who keep their savings at home, have seen their money literally washed away by the flood waters. Those who still have funds are quickly impoverishing they survive the crisis.

33 million people have been affected by the floods. (Al Jazeera/CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Many bridges and roads are underwater or impassable, and more than 800 health facilities have been affected by the floods. Some have been forced to close completely. According initial government estimates, physical damage to the country could exceed $30 billion.

“People lost everything and we saw colossal damage to homes, dams, agriculture, horticulturelivestock, income, water supply systems and sanitation,” says Abdul Hadi Khattak of Islamic Relief. Surveillance and Evaluation specialist. “The floods affect all aspect of society, and we fear that they will continue to have a devastating effect impact on people’s lives for a long time to come.”

More than a third of Pakistan is under water. (Al Jazeera/CC-BY-SA-2.0)

The United Nations and Pakistan are seeking $160 million to help recover from the disaster. Many countries are responding to the call. China has sent 25,000 tents and other much-needed supplies, while the UK has promised £15 million ($17 million) for reconstruction efforts. Since August 12, 2022, the United States has provided more than $50 million in disaster relief assistance to help the people of Pakistan. On September 12, 2022, the United States military delivered 400 metric tons of relief supplies, including cooking utensils, tarps, and shelter fixing kits. They are expected to assist over 300,000 people with shelter and household needs.

Resources: theguardian.com, Alzajeera.com, Uniecef.org, CNN.com