ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government has decided to appeal to the Army to help with rescue and relief operations after many parts of the country were devastated by the worst floods in more than a decade which affected more than 33 million people, the Home Secretary said Rana Sanaullah said Saturday.
So far, 982 people have been killed due to floods in Pakistan. As many as 45 people have died in the past 24 hours, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Another 1,456 people were injured, including 113 injured in the past 24 hours, he added.
Interior Minister Sanaullah said the armed forces were deployed following the biggest floods in more than a decade.
He said the troops were called up under Article 245 of the Constitution which empowers the government to summon the army in aid of the civil administration to deal with an emergency.
An official notification issued on Friday said the exact number of troops and area of ​​deployment would be determined by the respective provincial governments in consultation with the military operations directorate and headquarters.
“The date of de-requisition of said deployment will be decided later after mutual consultation between all stakeholders,” according to the notification.
The calamity has hit the country’s infrastructure hard, with the NDMA reporting that more than 3,161 kilometers of road have been damaged and 149 bridges washed away, while 682,139 houses have been totally or partially damaged by the floods.
Floods triggered by unprecedented monsoon rains have submerged more than half of the country, leaving more than 5.7 million people without shelter or food in 110 districts.
Sindh and Balochistan provinces were the worst affected by the disaster and Pakistan Railway suspended operations at several locations in the two provinces while Pakistan International Airlines also halted flights to Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province on Friday. , due to bad weather.
According to Environment Minister Sherry Rehman, the country normally experiences about three to four bouts of torrential rain each year.
However, Pakistan has so far been hit by eight monsoon episodes this year and more downpours are expected.
NDMA data shows that over the past 30 years, the average rainfall during the monsoon season has been 132.3 mm, while so far 385.4 mm of rain has been recorded since the June 14, about 192% more than the previous three decades.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, during a meeting with a select group of Ambassadors, High Commissioners and other senior diplomatic corps ambassador officials based in Islamabad, briefed on Friday on the flood situation in the country.
He said that according to the initial damage assessment, the losses caused by the floods were comparable to those suffered by Pakistan during the flash floods of 2010-2011.
The meeting brought together Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Korea, United States, Germany and senior diplomats from Bahrain, the European Union, France, Oman, Qatar and the United Kingdom. , and Saudi Arabia.
The national representative of the World Food Program (WFP) was also present at the meeting, according to the Foreign Ministry.
The prime minister said more than 33 million people had been hit hard by the flash floods and torrential rains.
He said Pakistan’s carbon footprint was negligible but ranked 8th among countries exposed to the horrors of climate change.
Noting that climate change has worsened the floods, the Prime Minister emphasized the rehabilitation and reconstruction of climate-resilient infrastructure in Pakistan.
Sharif said that given the urgency of the challenge, the government decided to reach out to friendly countries, donors and international financial institutions for their continued cooperation at this difficult hour.
He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NDMA were coordinating closely with the UN resident coordinator in Islamabad to launch a UN flash appeal on August 30.
Speaking on the occasion, foreign diplomats expressed their condolences and sympathy to the people and the government for the loss of precious lives and damage to infrastructure during the floods.
They assured the government of their country’s continued support to meet the demands of rescue and relief operations across Pakistan.

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