Pakistan's Ministry for Climate Change has issued a warning of heavy rain in the country for next week, amidst the devastation caused by heavy rains and floods in various parts of Pakistan. In view of the heavy rains, the Pakistani cabinet has declared a monsoon emergency in the country. Local media has given this information.
Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune quoted Pakistan's Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman as saying, "According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of heavy rains in the country in the coming week." During this, there will be heavy rains in Islamabad, Kashmir, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Sindh from 6 to 9 August.
The MP said that from mid-June till now, Balochistan has received 600 percent above normal rainfall during this monsoon season, while Sindh has received 500 percent rainfall during the same period. In view of the heavy rains, warnings are being issued in major cities of Pakistan about floods, and prolonged power outages. Sherry further said that the effects of climate change are beginning to be seen in the country. Heatwaves, floods, and forest fires have become common in different parts of the country.
According to the Express Tribune, at least 549 people have died in the flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan. The village area of Balochistan province has been affected the most due to the floods. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that apart from so many deaths, more than 46000 houses have been damaged due to floods in the country.
According to the NDMA, the rain in the country last month has broken the record for three decades. Last month's rainfall is 133 percent more than the 30-year average. The agency said that Balochistan has received 305 percent more rainfall during this period.