Unpacking the floods in Pakistan

Unpacking the floods in Pakistan

On root causes, challenges and gaps in state capacity.

On 25 August, Pakistan declared a state of emergency due to flooding, which has been described as among the worst in the country's history. Millions of people have been displaced due to rain and flooding with UN preliminary estimates indicating that 575,000 people were living in relief camps at one point. In light of this crisis, Himal Southasian interviewed public policy analyst Dawar Butt, who is also co-founder of Climate Action Pakistan, a collective of climate environment advocacy groups, in order to discuss the situation on the ground as well as examining some of the root causes for the exacerbation of flooding in the country.

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