Pak Shouldn’t Be Left At Mercy Of Climate Change: PM Sharif Amid Floods

Mumbai: Amid flash floods in Pakistan, PM Shehbaz Sharif said the international community shouldn’t leave developing countries like Pakistan “at the mercy of climate change”.

“If it is us today, it can be somebody else tomorrow. The threat of climate change is real, potent and staring us in the face,” Sharif said in a tweet after meeting with international media to brief about flood ravages in Pakistan.

“Met members of international media today to brief them about flood ravages in Pakistan. The devastation is evidence of the seriousness of the threat posed by climate change. Despite having less than 1 per cent share in carbon emission, we are ranked 8th in terms of exposure to climate hazards,” he said.

As floods continue to wreak havoc in the country, the Pakistan government has declared floods a national emergency, with 66 districts announced “disaster-affected”.

The United States on Tuesday announced an additional $3 million in life-saving humanitarian aid to help people and communities affected by severe floods in Pakistan.

“The United States is deeply saddened by the devastating loss of life, livelihoods, and homes throughout Pakistan. In response to the Pakistani government’s request for assistance, the United States will prioritize urgently needed food support, safe water, sanitation and hygiene improvements, financial help, and shelter assistance,” the US Embassy in Pakistan said in a statement.

More than 1,100 people have lost their lives, including over 350 children. More than 1,600 people have been injured, more than 2,87,000 houses have been completely destroyed and 662,000 have been partially destroyed.

In addition, more than 7,35,000 livestock have been killed and 20 lakh acres of crops have been adversely affected, besides severe damage to communication infrastructure.

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