CHARSADDA, Pakistan — A third of the country underwater. More than 1,000 people killed. And an estimated $10 billion of damage done.
Experts and local officials have drawn a direct line to human-made climate change, saying it illustrates how countries with the lowest contributions to the global crisis are becoming increasingly vulnerable to its effects — and in dire need of urgent aid.
The heavy floods have left a third of the country — an area the size of Wyoming — underwater, according to Climate Minister Sherry Rehman. She has called this “the monster monsoon of the decade” and described the situation as a “climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.”NBC Pakistan floods: U.N. appeals for aid with a third of the country underwater