ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Sherry Rehman, Minister for Climate Change, said on Wednesday that at least 77 people have died as monsoon rains wreak havoc across the country, with 39 deaths reported in Balochistan alone.
The recent monsoon rains have destroyed hundreds of homes and hampered rescue efforts in remote areas of the country.
The minister on Wednesday called the casualties a “national tragedy” and said the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had prepared a national contingency plan to deal with the situation during the monsoon season.
She added that the NDMA has also urged people to remain vigilant to prevent further damage.
“We need a comprehensive plan to prevent these [deaths and devastation] because they are all caused by climate change.”
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the rains have not stopped and will continue until July 8, causing water logging in low-lying areas.