‘Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is more vulnerable to extreme weather events’
Organisation: The Nature News (Pakistan)
Publication Date: 12/30/2016
DescriptionThe project is about how climate change has put drastic effects on Pakistan's province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). KP is more vulnerable to extreme weather event due to global warming as a result of climate change. Despite suffering with suicidal blasts, armed attacks on schools, militancy and Pakistani Taliban’s insurgency, environmentalists claim that events related to climate change has killed more people than those killed by terrorism. The 2005 earthquake in Pakistan’s northern areas killed over 100,000 people, injured about 138,000 and rendered more than 3.5 million homeless. In 2010, flash floods divulged approximately 2000 lives—mostly belong to KP—and washed away thousands of houses. Similarly, in March and April 2016, according to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) report, rain-related incidents left 148 dead, 137 injured whereas 1123 houses damaged and environmental experts say that climate change would bring more destruction in the province. According to Pakistan Economic Survey 2014-15, the country’s 5,000 glaciers are melting faster than rest of the world and the country is vulnerable to natural disasters. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a report released in 2014 warned that people living in coastal regions of Asia could face some of t worst effects of global warming. Environmentalists say human have no control over climate change, adding that it is not possible for humans to escape deaths and destruction because of nature’s agony. However, the devastation and deaths could be lesser if the government as well as individuals adopts pragmatic steps.
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