Pakistan calls for more aid as flood death toll rises to over 1,250
Driving the news: The request comes as the toll from floods that started in mid-June continued to climb, with 57 more deaths reported, 25 of them children, per Reuters.
What they're saying: “The scale of devastation is massive and requires an immense humanitarian response for 33 million people," Pakistan federal planning minister Ahsan Iqbal said Saturday in a news conference cited by Reuters.
- "For this, I appeal to my fellow Pakistanis, Pakistan expatriates and the international community to help Pakistan in this hour of need,” he added.
Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority on Saturday reported 57 more deaths in flood-affected areas, bringing the total death toll since monsoon rains began to 1,265, including 441 children, according to ABC News.
Scientists and international officials have blamed the unusual monsoon rains and flooding on climate change, including U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who this week called on the world to stop “sleepwalking” through the deadly crisis.
- "Let’s stop sleepwalking toward the destruction of our planet by climate change," Guterres tweeted. "Today, it is Pakistan. Tomorrow, it could be your country."
Guterres is expected to visit Pakistan on Sept. 9 to tour flood-hit areas and meet with officials.
The big picture: Pakistan is a vulnerable country to climate change-enhanced disasters, rating among the top 10 most vulnerable nations to long-term climate risks by the Global Climate Risk Index.
- The country contributes less than 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, yet is experiencing some of its most severe impacts.