ISLAMABAD, August 31: Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman has said all available resources are being utilized to meet the needs of flood affected people.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday along with Minister for Commerce NaveedQamar and Minister of State for Law ShahadatAwan, she said the rescue operation is in full swing across the country saying the government is cognizant of the difficulties faced by the flood victims.
She urged all political parties to show unity and solidarity for service of the nation amid the natural disaster. Sherry said that massive flash floods had inundated various parts of 72 districts out of the total 160 as these areas were also declared calamity hit areas, adding 110 district were affected by the floods making it half of the country.
She said it was the ninth week since the onset of Monsoon downpour and the country had no precedent of such torrential rains in its living history. “The communication systems are crippling down.
I can understand how tough situation is being faced by the people without food, drinking water, and formula milk for children. 700% and 600% more rainfall are recorded as compared to the average during this monsoon season in Sindh and Balochistan respectively and no monsoon rains have been occurred before with such magnitude.”
The minister underlined that this was not monsoon rather a disaster and it was mainly due to climate change and global warming .
She pointed out that the prevalent floods had exceeded the devastation of 2010 massive floods. “The global scientists also claim that it is environmental degradation as glaciers in Pakistan are melting at a rapid pace but our greenhouse gas emissions are below one percent,” he added. The minister opined that the government would had to make the issue as part of its foreign policy, green diplomacy and global negotiations. “There should be a clear discussion on the global warming hazards that are impacting our people and farmers in the South. – NNI