Pakistan devastated by floods, how we can help

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Since June, Pakistan has been devastated by floods caused by monsoon rains. According to CNN, the floods have claimed 1,100 lives (380 being children) and impacted 33 million. A third of the nation’s land is under water.

Axios reports that large parts of the country’s Sindh and Balochistan provinces are being inundated by floods. Areas that are typically dry now look like lakes. The floods are reminiscent of the 2010 floods in Pakistan that killed over 2,000 people.

Pakistan’s top climate official, Sherry Rehman, has called the flooding a “climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions,” PBS reports. Pakistan produces less than 1 percent of the world’s carbon footprint, yet has consistently paid the price for human-induced climate changes.

UN Secretary General António Guterres called for the world to pay more attention to the consequences of climate change, while launching a flash $160 million appeal for Pakistan, CNN reports.

“Let’s stop sleepwalking towards the destruction of our planet by climate change,” Guterres said, according to CNN. “Today, it’s Pakistan. Tomorrow, it could be your country.”

There are a number of ways you can help Pakistan. Here is a list of organizations providing relief that you can donate to:

  • Unicef is working to provide health services, water and hygiene kits.
  • International Medical Corps has provided enough medical supplies for over 4,500 patients.
  • Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan is providing emergency flood relief to citizens. You can donate here through its partner organizations.
  • Islamic relief has emergency teams on the ground. You can donate to aid the organization’s efforts here.

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