Natural Disaster

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This summer, seasonal rains across Pakistan killed more than 77 people in Pakistan. Most of the deaths were in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, where 39 people drowned or were electrocuted by downed power lines. Similar events have been constantly plaguing thousands of people in Pakistan for the past five years, where this country has experienced unusual severe monsoon rains in the summer. The monsoon, which usually lasts from June to September, is essential for irrigating crops and replenishing lakes and dams across the Indian subcontinent, but each year also brings a wave of destruction. Poorly built homes across Pakistan particularly in rural areas are prone to collapse in floods, which also destroy huge tracts of prime farmland. According to the Baluchistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority, several districts of the province have been receiving monsoon downpours with strong winds since July 4. On Tuesday, an emergency was declared in the Quetta district after 20 people reportedly died. As a result of monsoon rains floods are common in Pakistan. Pertinent to mention the natural disaster in the form of flood in 2010.  This enormous natural disaster impacted an estimated 18 million people and caused more than 12 million people to become homeless due to damages or destruction to their homes. The death toll from this incident reached 1,985 people. It also destroyed hundreds of hectares of cultivatable land and crops with an estimated death of 1.2 million livestock, causing the poor families who were dependent on them for food to cripple. This caused all the foods to rise in price, making it harder for poorer people to survive. The country is already facing a serious economic crisis and is not ready for any natural disaster.

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