Pakistan Flood Videos Show Buildings Blown Away

These are the devastating effects of Pakistan’s deadly floods on the country.

Dubbed “the monster monsoon of the decade” by Pakistan’s climate change minister Sherry Rehman, heavy rains in the region have killed at least 982 people since June, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.

Every 24 hours, the agency lists hundreds of men, women, and children injured or killed by collapsed roofs, flash floods, or drowning.

“Pakistan is living through a serious climate disaster, one of the worst in decades,” Rehman said in a video on Twitter. “We are, right now, at ground zero of the frontline of extreme weather with an unrelenting cascade of heat waves, forest fires, flash floods, multiple glacial lake outbursts, flood events, and now the monster monsoon of the decade is bringing unrest throughout the country.”

The unprecedented deluge — worse than Pakistan’s 2010 “superflood,” which affected 20 million people — overwhelmed the country’s resources, prompting leaders to urge the international community to help in relief efforts.

One of the hardest-hit provinces, Sindh, has requested 1 million tents for its displaced residents, Rehman told Reuters. But there are not enough tents, and people are seeking shelter in temporary shelters in school buildings and mosques, he said.

The streets are full of stagnant sewage, and the risk of waterborne diseases is high.

“This is clearly the climate crisis of the decade,” Rehman said. “Through no fault of our own,” he added, noting that Pakistan emits less than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Global warming is causing the melting of Pakistan’s 7,000 glaciers — the largest number outside the poles —, causing glacial lake outbursts triggered by heat waves in the country.

This year, extreme weather events such as droughts, heat waves, and floods are affecting every part of the world.

In Africa, floods have caused severe damage to thousands of people in Chad and Gambia, while nearly 4.6 million children in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia are at risk of severe malnutrition following severe drought in the region, according to the UN Office for in the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Meanwhile, in Europe, receding water levels caused by drought are revealing underwater artefacts, while three ancient Buddha statues have resurfaced after waters plunged into China’s Yangtze River. And in Dallas, a day’s worth of summer rain wreaked havoc on the city amid the Texas drought.

Weather disasters such as drought are inextricably linked to human-induced climate change. The planet has warmed 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, according to NASA, and that’s making disasters worse. Stopping this vicious cycle will require drastically reducing our reliance on climate-polluting fossil fuels.