Nigeria farmers on edge as floods wash away crops
18 October 2022 | 5:39 am
At least half a million Nigerians have been impacted by flooding this year. Farmers are worried the rising waters will push food bills higher in a nation where millions have fallen into food poverty in the past two years.
In this edition, we take a closer look at climate change in Asia and its impact on extreme weather events. Whether it be scorching heatwaves in Pakistan or devastating floods in Bangladesh, the likelihood of these events occurring is increasing along with global temperatures.
The death toll in torrential floods in the US state of Kentucky continued to rise days after floods began. The flooding has swamped towns across the Appalachian mountain region of the central eastern United States.
Northern Afghan provinces have been hit by heavy rains, damaging homes and thousands of acres of land. More rains are expected across Afghanistan in the coming days.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif met with foreign diplomats to brief them about the situation in Pakistan. Torrential rains have caused heavy floods, killing 937 and affecting around 3 million people.
Pakistan's Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman on floods
Widespread flooding driven by devastating monsoons has affected 33 million people in Pakistan — some 15% of the population. Anger is growing at the government's failure to provide timely assistance.
Flooding has damaged crops in Pakistan's southern breadbasket, leading Islamabad to consider imports from India. Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says recovery could cost more than $10 billion.
Local and international health officials have said that waterborne diseases could spread rapidly under the current conditions. Hundreds of clinics have been damaged and many survivors are unable to reach doctors.
First the glaciers melt, then the heavens open. As Pakistan bails out from unprecedented monsoon flooding comes the stark realisation that this is not some freak of nature, it is the new normal for a nation that scientists rank among the most vulnerable to global warming. We ask about the challenges faced by rescuers.
China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and other countries are lending a helping hand to Pakistan amid devastating flooding. Meanwhile, a UN agency said the crisis could aggravate food insecurity in neighboring Afghanistan.
Three attempts have been made to drain Lake Manchar, but inflows mean the water continues to rise. Hundreds of thousands more people will have to leave their homes if the lake overflows.
UN chief Antonio Guterres blamed climate change for devastating flooding in Pakistan, which has left nearly 1,400 people dead. He said the country needs "massive financial support" to recover from the catastrophe.
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