Almost 36 were killed and 145 injured in a span of 24 hours. This is a brief example of the havoc caused by rains on a single day in Pakistan this year. The situation has become far more severe in recent days. So far, the flooding in Pakistan has taken the lives of more than 1,300 people and caused large-scale destruction with far-reaching consequences. Pakistan is ranked among the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world, according to the Global Climate Risk Index.
Heavy monsoon rains have not just taken the lives of people, but have robbed them of the basic necessities for survival, such as food or shelter. During the current monsoon season, almost 50,000,000 people have reportedly been displaced from their homes and some 900,000 livestock have perished.
Rescue operations are in progress all over the country. Medical aid is being provided to the sick, affected areas have been evacuated, and the people have been shifted to safer areas. The military’s media wing reports that army troops from the Pano Aqil Garrison have taken the forefront and helped in the relief operations and in the provision of medical aid and transferring of the affected to less-damaged places.
Similarly, rescue operations are being carried out in Balochistan. It was during a similar relief operation that the core commander of Quetta, Lt. General Sarfraz Ali, along with 5 other military officers, embraced martyrdom near Lasbella as their helicopter crashed due to bad weather.
Rescue operations and relief activities are also taking place in Southern Punjab and medical aid is being provided to the flood-affected people in Vehari, Rajan Pur, and Dera Ghazi Khan. Rains have also been devastating for the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with heavy losses to property and lives. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan, has directed concerned authorities to expedite relief and rescue operations in the calamity-hit areas.
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