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Pakistan flooding: Guterres says he has by no means seen such ‘local weather carnage’

United Nations secretary common Antonio Guterres has concluded his journey to Pakistan’s flood-affected areas, saying he has “by no means seen local weather carnage” on such a scale.

Because the south Asian nation grapples with rising challenges within the aftermath of its worst ever flooding, which claimed the lives of almost 1,400 folks, together with over 450 youngsters, and left tens of millions of individuals displaced or in any other case affected, Mr Guterres stated he had “no phrases to explain” what he had seen.

“I’ve seen many humanitarian disasters on the planet, however I’ve by no means seen local weather carnage on this scale,” he stated at a press convention within the port metropolis of Karachi.

The nation, which was already coping with financial challenges amid unprecedented inflation and dwindling overseas reserves, is now dealing with a large public well being disaster as water-borne illnesses unfold, together with harm estimated to be value over $13bn (£11.1bn).

Pakistan can be grappling with meals shortages after the floods left the impoverished nation’s agriculture belt below water.

Mr Guterres stated he hoped his go to would bolster the help and support that the nation desperately wants, as he promised extra assist from the UN whereas attacking developed nations for not fulfilling their ethical responsibility to make local weather reparations.

“Wealthier international locations are morally accountable for serving to creating international locations like Pakistan to get well from disasters like this, and to adapt to construct resilience to local weather impacts that sadly will likely be repeated sooner or later,” Mr Guterres stated, including that G20 nations are accountable for 80 per cent of at present’s emissions.

Pakistan and south Asia are among the many areas which are most susceptible to the rise in excessive climate occasions brought on by the local weather disaster, regardless of their negligible contribution to the issue.

Satellite tv for pc pictures present the Indus River within the aftermath of flooding in Rajanpur, Pakistan this 12 months

(Maxar Applied sciences)

The broader south Asia area, together with India, has witnessed back-to-back excessive climate occasions this 12 months, with record-breaking heatwaves and altering patterns of monsoon, whereas the glaciers within the Himalayan area proceed to soften sooner than anticipated.

Mr Guterres stated the big emitters have to finish their “struggle with nature”, calling funding in fossil gasoline “collective suicide”.

“Pakistan and different creating international locations, from the Horn of Africa to the Sahel, are paying a horrific worth for the intransigence of massive emitters that proceed to guess on fossil fuels within the face of science, frequent sense and fundamental human decency,” he stated.

“Even at present, emissions are rising as folks die in floods and famines,” Mr Guterres continued. “That is madness. That is collective suicide.”

Mr Guterres additionally visited the 4,500-year-old ruins of the historic metropolis of Mohenjo-Daro, which was threatened by large flooding within the Sindh province. Mohenjo-Daro is among the world’s oldest identified cities, and is claimed to comprise the secrets and techniques of the Indus Valley civilisation and its mysterious disappearance.



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