Is climate change to blame for Pakistan's flood fury?

The flooding in Pakistan has all the hallmarks of a catastrophe juiced by climate change, but several scientists believe that it’s too early to formally assign blame to global warming

The Associated Press August 30, 2022 12:04:55 IST
Is climate change to blame for Pakistan's flood fury?

Families sit near their belongings surrounded by floodwaters, in Sohbat Pur city of Jaffarabad, a district of Pakistan. AP

Islamabad: The familiar ingredients of a warming world were in place: searing temperatures, hotter air holding more moisture, extreme weather getting wilder, melting glaciers, people living in harm’s way, and poverty. They combined in vulnerable Pakistan to create unrelenting rain and deadly flooding.

The flooding has all the hallmarks of a catastrophe juiced by climate change, but it is too early to formally assign blame to global warming, several scientists told The Associated Press. It occurred in a country that did little to cause the warming, but keeps getting hit, just like the relentless rain.

“This year Pakistan has received the highest rainfall in at least three decades. So far this year the rain is running at more than 780 per cent above average levels,” said Abid Qaiyum Suleri, executive director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute and a member of Pakistan’s Climate Change Council. “Extreme weather patterns are turning more frequent in the region and Pakistan is not an exception.”

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