The Buddhist humanitarian relief organization Join Together Society Korea (JTS Korea), founded by the revered Korean Seon (Zen) monk Venerable Pomnyun Sunim, has reported the successful distribution of a second round of emergency relief supplies in southeastern Pakistan in response to the ongoing humanitarian emergency that resulted from last year’s devastating floods.
Record-breaking rains in Pakistan, which fell from June to October 2022, submerged a third of the country beneath floodwaters, killing at least 1,739 people, including 647 children. A further 12,867 people were reported to have been injured, and more than 2.1 million people were lost their homes.
The floods, which have been described as the worst in Pakistan’s history and one of the costliest natural disasters of all time, also resulted in damage to property and infrastructure estimated at US$14.9 billion, and an estimated US$15.2 billion in economic losses. Environmental authorities have blamed the flooding on heavier-than-usual monsoon rains and melting glaciers coming in the wake of a severe heatwave, both of which have been attributed to climate change.
▶️ Published by BDG on February 22, 2023