Over 100 people have died in a single day from flash floods in Pakistan, as the official death toll from flooding this monsoon season has reached 1,033 people.
As the number dead passed a thousand, the National Disaster Management Authority said 119 had been killed in the last 24 hours.
Heavy rains have washed away villages and crops throughout the country, with tens of thousands needing to be evacuated into relief camps.
As the number of deaths continues to rise, Pakistan is calling for the world to see what it is going through as a ‘global crisis’ and ‘serious climate catastrophe’.
The country’s top climate official, Sherry Rehman, said: ‘We are at the moment at the ground zero of the front line of extreme weather events, in an unrelenting cascade of heatwaves, forest fires, flash floods, multiple glacial lake outbursts, flood events, and now the monster monsoon of the decade is wreaking non-stop havoc throughout the country.’
Pakistan’s annual monsoon season started earlier than usual this year – in mid June.
All four of the nation’s provinces have been affected, with Ms Rehman warning ‘we could well have one fourth or one third of Pakistan under water’ by the time the rain lets up.
She added: ‘This is something that is a global crisis and of course we will need better planning and sustainable development on the ground.
‘We’ll need to have climate resilient crops as well as structures.’
Nearly 300,000 homes have been destroyed, numerous roads rendered impassable and electricity outages have been widespread.
Most people have been taking shelter in relief camps set up in government buildings but others have been forced to stay on roadsides.
Khaista Rehman, 55, his wife and their three children had to stay on the side of the Islamabad-Peshawar highway, after their home in Charsadda was completely submerged overnight.
Khaista said: ‘Thank God we are safe now on this road quite high from the flooded area. Our crops are gone and our home is destroyed but I am grateful to Allah that we are alive and I will restart life with my sons.’
Meanwhile, the Pakistani army said in a statement that it airlifted 22 tourists who were trapped in a valley in the country’s north to safety.
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