All Of South Pakistan Inundated, Climate Change Minister Says

All Of South Pakistan Inundated, Climate Change Minister Says
Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman told journalists on Thursday that all of south Pakistan stood inundated.

She was speaking to journalists at a press conference in the federal capital. Rehman said all national resources were needed to overcome the challenge. Rehman added that 20 million people had been left homeless. Presenting casualty figures, the minister said the time was ripe for the world to come to Pakistan's aid.

The minister emphasised the need for a singular national focus in a tweet separately. This, according to the one-time journalist, was premised on resourcing, coordinating and providing relief to the millions affected.

The nation remains impacted by rising monsoon rainfall, the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission (ECHO) said in a separate statement on Thursday. Attributing the Pakistan Meteorological Department and the National Disaster Management Authority, the ECHO said 73 fatalities were recorded due to severe weather-related incidents on August 23-24. Of these, 31 were reported killed in Sindh.

Red warnings from floods, river overflow, and landslides have been issued for several areas of Pakistan, the statement goes on to read. Downpours accompanied with gusts and storms are forecast for most areas nationwide on August 25, 26.

Pakistan has been facing a pressing challenge in the form of severe floods. Over 900 people have have lost their lives due to floods and heavy rainfall since June. Homes in the tens of thousands have been destroyed. Incessant rain and floods have swept 3,000 kilometres of roads separately. Mobilisation of public resources and urgent media coverage of the devastation caused by ongoing monsoon-related flooding in Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Saraiki Waseb, Chitral, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir has been called for.