The flood toll in Pakistan continues to rise with another 57 dead, 25 of them children, while the country is calling for relief

The flood toll in Pakistan continues to rise with another 57 dead, 25 of them children, while the country is calling for relief

The flood toll in Pakistan continues to rise with another 57 dead, 25 of them children, while the country is calling for relief

The death toll from the catastrophic floods in Pakistan continues to rise with another 57 reported victims, including 25 children, as aid received so far remains insufficient for more than 33 million displaced persons.

The data was released Saturday by the Pakistani National Authority for Disaster Management from flood-affected areas in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan provinces, where 25 were children.

The authority says the death toll since mid-June – when monsoon rains began weeks earlier this year – now stands at 1,290.

Pakistan has again appealed to the international community for aid to the victims of the unprecedented floods caused by monsoon rains that have left millions homeless across the country.

Rescue operations continue on Sunday, with troops and volunteers using helicopters and boats to bring stranded people from flooded areas to the rescue camps.

Planes from around the world brought supplies to the poor country via a humanitarian airlift.

Dozens of relief camps have been set up in government buildings serving tens of thousands of people. However, thousands more have fled to the roadsides on higher ground and the aid offered so far remains insufficient for the 33 million affected.

According to initial government estimates, the devastation caused £ 8.7 billion in damage and on Saturday, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said “the scale of the devastation is enormous and requires an immense humanitarian response for 33 million people.” .

Officials in southern Pakistan also warned that more floods are expected as Lake Manchar swelled due to unprecedented monsoon rains that began in mid-June and killed nearly 1,300 people.

Meteorologists predict further rain in the region in the coming days and authorities have urged villagers in Jamshoro and Dadu districts of Sindh province near the lake to evacuate.

Rising waters have reached dangerous levels and pose a threat to a protective dam and embankment, they said.

The lake, located west of the Indus River, is the largest natural freshwater lake in Pakistan and one of the largest in Asia.

Fariduddin Mustafa, Jamshoro district administrator, said on Sunday that officials cut the lake bank to allow excess water to drain and eventually drain into the Indus. But still, the water kept rising, he said.

Parts of Dadu district have already been flooded, officials said.

The large-scale devastation caused in Pakistan has the imprints of the climate crisis that has made heatwaves and heavier monsoons more likely around the world and particularly in South Asia, one of the most vulnerable regions.

Pakistani Climate Minister Sherry Rehman has called on rich countries to pay compensation to poor countries in Pakistan suffering from the impacts of the climate crisis, an issue that is gaining momentum ahead of the upcoming COP27 UN Summit, the largest conference for world leaders to discuss ways to combat climate change.

UN chief Antonio Guterres called on the world to stop “sleep walking” during the deadly crisis. He will visit Pakistan on Friday to visit the flood-affected areas and meet with officials.

Additional reports from agencies

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