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Pakistan Appeals for International Aid as Record Rainfall Brings “Climate Dystopia”

HeadlineAug 30, 2022

Pakistan’s government has launched a major appeal for international aid, after unprecedented monsoon rains fueled by the climate crisis swept away homes and bridges, destroyed crops and displaced tens of millions of people. On Monday, Pakistan’s climate minister Sherry Rehman declared, “it is climate dystopia at our doorstep.”

Sherry Rehman: “One-third of Pakistan is underwater, and 33 million are affected. Please tell me how that is not catastrophic. That is the size of a small country.”

Pakistan’s planning minister estimated the cost of rebuilding at over $10 billion and said that figure is likely to rise once rescue crews are able to access remote areas cut off by floodwaters.

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