Floods in Pakistan put education of 3.5 million children in jeopardy: UN Report

Following the visit of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to Pakistan to extend support to flood victims, the United Nations released a report on Friday and said that the natural disaster had interrupted the education of nearly 3.5 million children in the country.

Th UN report further stated that floods have also added to the miseries of refugees as nearly 800,000 refugees live in districts officially notified as ‘calamity hit’ in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, turkey-based media Anadolu agency reported citing the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). In Sindh alone, According to the report, over 1.2 million hectares of agricultural land have been damaged in Sindh whereas over 1.5 million houses have been destroyed by flood waters, the report said. The report also added that 1,460 health facilities were affected by the heavy rains and floods, reported Anadolu agency. As per the country’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the devastating floods in Pakistan killed 1,391 people since June 14. “Standing water continues to cover vast swaths of the country,” the report said, citing satellite-detected water extents mapped by the United Nations Satellite Centre. The mapping indicated preliminarily that at least 75,000 square kilometres (28,957 square miles) of land in Pakistan, the report added. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who was on a two-day visit to Pakistan said, “I have seen many humanitarian disasters in the world, but I have never seen climate carnage on the scale of the floods here in Pakistan,” at a press conference in the port city of Karachi after witnessing the worst of the damage in southern Pakistan.