Crisis in Pakistan: After the Deluge

Relief efforts begin after devastating flooding in Pakistan

Karachi, October 13, 2022 — In August and September, the southern Pakistani regions of Sindh and Balochistan received extraordinarily heavy rains following an unusually hot summer. Soon thereafter came devastating floods, caused by the rains and also the accelerating melting of the glaciers in the country’s mountainous northern areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  

The full magnitude of the disaster is still being assessed, but what we already know is stunning: nearly a third of the country was submerged, with more than 1,600 people and thousands of livestock swept away to a watery grave. At least 12,000 people suffered injuries. The national infrastructure, including dozens of major roads and bridges, was severely damaged.  

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