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Pakistan floods death toll nears 1500

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The death toll in Pakistan has reached around 1,500 with hundreds of thousands of people were still sleeping in the open air after the disaster, a news report claimed.

The data released on Thursday by the National Disaster Management Authority stated that the tally of the dead stands at 1,486, with about 530 children among them.

This is the first country-wide total since September 9.

In the two months since flooding began in Pakistan, tens of millions of people have been affected, with around 1,500 dying because of the rising waters.

The intensity of the downpours saw the river Indus burst its banks, while landslides and urban flash floods swamped many areas.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been made homeless by flooding in the southern Sindh province, with many sleeping by the side of elevated highways to protect themselves from the water.

Sindh’s chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said in a statement on Thursday: “We have been buying tents from all the manufacturers available in Pakistan.”

Still, one-third of the homeless in Sindh don’t even have a tent to protect them from the elements, he said.

Pakistan received 391 mm (15.4 inches) of rain, or nearly 190 percent more than the 30-year average, in July and August. 

That climbed to 466 percent for Sindh province, one of the worst-affected areas.

Meanwhile, BBC reported that global warming is likely to have played a role in the devastating floods that hit Pakistan.

Researchers from the World Weather Attribution group say climate change may have increased the intensity of rainfall.

However there were many uncertainties in the results, so the team were unable to quantify the scale of the impact.

The scientists believe there’s roughly a 1 percent chance of such an event happening in any coming year.

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During the 60-day period of heaviest rainfall this summer, scientists recorded an increase of about 50 percent over the Indus river basin.

Meanwhile the heaviest five-day period over the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan recorded a rise in rainfall of around 75 percent.

The researchers then used climate models to determine how likely these events would be in a world without warming.

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