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UN asks for help with a third of the country under water

The flooding has prompted warnings from activists that the effects of climate change are being felt disproportionately in countries that have done little to contribute to it compared to the United States.

Fahad Saeed, an Islamabad-based analyst at Climate Analytics, said the group’s analysis showed flooding was 30 times more likely due to climate change, citing a heat wave before the flood that saw temperatures exceed 122 degrees. Fahrenheit.

Climate experts say higher temperatures directly lead to heavier rainfall as warmer air has a greater capacity to retain water, a phenomenon seen around the world in recent weeks.

Saeed described Pakistan’s flooding as “the worst in the country’s history” in terms of people affected, warning that it could get worse as the current monsoon season is not over yet.

The “unprecedented” heat wave that hit Pakistan this year has also accelerated the melting of glaciers in mountain ranges near northern Pakistan, said Dr. Mohsin Hafeez, Pakistan Country Representative for the International Institute of Climate Management. Agua said in a statement emailed Tuesday.

This threatens more flooding, as the water could join the rain that has been falling from the mountains to the north.

“People here are bearing the brunt of global climate change,” Islamic Relief Worldwide chief executive Waseem Ahmad said in an emailed statement Tuesday. “Pakistan produces less than 1% of the world’s carbon footprint. world, but its people are suffering the greatest consequences.”

Mushtaq Yusufzai reported from Charsadda, Pakistan, and Rhoda Kwan reported from Taipei, Taiwan.

evan bush, Reuters other Associated Press contributed.


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