December 6, 2022
PAKISTAN

Flooding poses a threat to food security, according to Ahsan Iqbal

Flooding poses a threat to food security, according to Ahsan Iqbal

Ahsan Iqbal, the minister for planning, development, and special initiatives, issued a warning on Monday that the country would have problems with food security as a result of flooding and heavy rainfall.Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal stated that the recent floods and torrential rains in the nation have severely harmed the harvests of rice, bananas, onions, and other agricultural products.

He added that “the cotton crop of the country has also been destroyed by floods to the tune of 40 to 50%.”According to Ahsan Iqbal, “0.9 million cattle and one million homes have been wiped away in floods,” making the recent floods in Pakistan more destructive than the flood of 2010.

Tens of millions of people are forced to live in tents and open spaces as a result of the recent floods and torrential rains, and countless more are still waiting helplessly for assistance.The National Disaster Management Authority said on Monday that 1,061 people have perished in Pakistan as a result of monsoon flooding since June.

According to the NDMA, 157 bridges were washed away, 3,457 kilometres (approximately 2,200 miles) of roads were devastated, and more than two million acres of planted crops were lost.

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