More than a million homes damaged
Flood kills over 1,100 in Pakistan
In Pakistan, an unusually heavy monsoon rain is causing massive destruction and unspeakable suffering among the population.
A family in a flooded area escapes to safety.
More than 1,100 people have died in devastating floods in Pakistan. Almost 400 of them are children, according to the civil protection authority in its latest report.
More than a million homes were damaged. Almost 3,500 kilometers of roads were destroyed and around 160 bridges collapsed. According to estimates by the Ministry of Planning, the damage to the Pakistani economy amounts to around ten billion dollars (around 9.7 billion Swiss francs).
Experts see the cause in climate change
The South Asian country with around 220 million inhabitants has been suffering from unusually heavy monsoon rains since mid-June. The Balochistan region in the southwest is particularly affected. But the north-west of Pakistan is now also struggling with major damage due to the floods.
Natural disasters such as floods, droughts and landslides have increased in Pakistan in recent years. Experts attribute this to climate change.
Last Thursday, the government in Islamabad declared a state of emergency and asked for international help to deal with the disaster. In total, more than 33 million people were affected by the floods, it said. (SDA/noo)