One of many locations inundated after  historic flooding. Locals say even two-storey houses are barely visible over the surface of the water. Floods f

Pakistan and its submerged cities

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2022-09-23 16:00:15

One of many locations inundated after historic flooding. Locals say even two-storey houses are barely visible over the surface of the water.

Floods from record monsoon rains in Pakistan and glacial melt in the country’s mountainous north have affected 33 million people and killed over 1,500, washing away homes, roads, railways, bridges, livestock and crops in damage estimated at $30 billion.

Both the government and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres have blamed climate change for the extreme weather that led to the flooding and submerged huge areas of the nation of 220 million.

Large swathes of the country are inundated, and hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes while some villages have become islands.

Images from the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite, analysed by Reuters, show the extent of flooding around towns and cities in Sindh province, one of the country’s worst affected areas.

Less than twelve weeks ago, the landscape here looked like many other parts of Pakistan in the summer before the monsoon arrived.

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