Karachi, Pakistan (CNN)UN Secretary General António Guterres on Tuesday launched a flash $160 million appeal for flood-ravaged Pakistan, where more than 1,100 people have been killed and 33 million others impacted in one of the worst monsoon seasons in over a decade.

The appeal comes as Pakistani officials said the floods had already caused more than $10 billion in damages and urged more international assistance.”The Pakistani people are facing a monsoon on steroids — the relentless impact of epochal levels of rain and flooding,” Guterres said during the appeal’s launch.”As we continue to see more and more extreme weather events around the world, it is outrageous that climate action is being put on the back burner as global emissions of greenhouse gases are still rising, putting all of us — everywhere — in growing danger,” he said.”Let’s stop sleepwalking towards the destruction of our planet by climate change,” he said. “Today, it’s Pakistan. Tomorrow, it could be your country.Read MoreImages of water gushing down streets, swallowing villages and destroying bridges serve as a stark reminder of the inequities of the climate crisis, which impacts the developing world disproportionately. Richer countries also bear a much larger historical responsibility for the crisis in the first place. Pakistan last year ranked as the eighth most affected nation by climate change from 2000 to 2019, in the Global Climate Risk Index by non-profit group Germanwatch. People living in hotspots like South Asia are 15 times more likely to die from climate crisis impacts. “This is a climate crisis,” Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF’s representative in Pakistan told CNN. “A climate that has been mostly done by richer countries, contributing to the crisis, and I think it is time that the world responded to support Pakistan in this time of need.”A man helps children navigate floodwaters using a satellite dish in Balochistan, Pakistan, on Friday, August 26.A man helps children navigate floodwaters using a satellite dish in Balochistan, Pakistan, on Friday, August 26. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanA man helps children navigate floodwaters using a satellite dish in Balochistan, Pakistan, on Friday, August 26.Hide Caption 1 of 22Residents gather beside a road damaged by flooding in Kyhber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, on Monday, August 29.Residents gather beside a road damaged by flooding in Kyhber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, on Monday, August 29. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanResidents gather beside a road damaged by flooding in Kyhber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, on Monday, August 29.Hide Caption 2 of 22A displaced child sleeps under a mosquito net in a tent at a makeshift camp after in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on August 29.A displaced child sleeps under a mosquito net in a tent at a makeshift camp after in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on August 29. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanA displaced child sleeps under a mosquito net in a tent at a makeshift camp after in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on August 29.Hide Caption 3 of 22A satellite image shows the scale of the flooding along the banks of the Indus River in Rajanpur, Pakistan, on Sunday, August 28.A satellite image shows the scale of the flooding along the banks of the Indus River in Rajanpur, Pakistan, on Sunday, August 28. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanA satellite image shows the scale of the flooding along the banks of the Indus River in Rajanpur, Pakistan, on Sunday, August 28.Hide Caption 4 of 22People wade through floodwaters in Pakistan's Mirpur Khas district on August 28.People wade through floodwaters in Pakistan's Mirpur Khas district on August 28. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanPeople wade through floodwaters in Pakistan’s Mirpur Khas district on August 28.Hide Caption 5 of 22Pakistani Army soldiers distribute food following a flash flood in Hyderabad, Pakistan, on August 28.Pakistani Army soldiers distribute food following a flash flood in Hyderabad, Pakistan, on August 28. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanPakistani Army soldiers distribute food following a flash flood in Hyderabad, Pakistan, on August 28.Hide Caption 6 of 22Flooded land is seen in Mingora, a town in Pakistan's northern Swat Valley, on August 28.Flooded land is seen in Mingora, a town in Pakistan's northern Swat Valley, on August 28. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanFlooded land is seen in Mingora, a town in Pakistan’s northern Swat Valley, on August 28.Hide Caption 7 of 22Volunteers load relief food bags on a truck in Karachi, Pakistan, on August 28.Volunteers load relief food bags on a truck in Karachi, Pakistan, on August 28. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanVolunteers load relief food bags on a truck in Karachi, Pakistan, on August 28.Hide Caption 8 of 22Displaced people take refuge along a highway after fleeing from their flood-hit homes in Pakistan's Charsadda district on August 28.Displaced people take refuge along a highway after fleeing from their flood-hit homes in Pakistan's Charsadda district on August 28. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanDisplaced people take refuge along a highway after fleeing from their flood-hit homes in Pakistan’s Charsadda district on August 28.Hide Caption 9 of 22Displaced people wade through a flooded area in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Saturday, August 27.Displaced people wade through a flooded area in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Saturday, August 27. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanDisplaced people wade through a flooded area in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Saturday, August 27.Hide Caption 10 of 22A man carries his sick daughter along a road damaged by floodwaters in Pakistan's northern Swat Valley on August 27.A man carries his sick daughter along a road damaged by floodwaters in Pakistan's northern Swat Valley on August 27. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanA man carries his sick daughter along a road damaged by floodwaters in Pakistan’s northern Swat Valley on August 27.Hide Caption 11 of 22A man swims in floodwaters while heading for higher ground in Charsadda, Pakistan, on August 27.A man swims in floodwaters while heading for higher ground in Charsadda, Pakistan, on August 27. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanA man swims in floodwaters while heading for higher ground in Charsadda, Pakistan, on August 27.Hide Caption 12 of 22Flood-affected people stand in a long line for food distributed by Pakistani Army troops in Rajanpur on August 27.Flood-affected people stand in a long line for food distributed by Pakistani Army troops in Rajanpur on August 27. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanFlood-affected people stand in a long line for food distributed by Pakistani Army troops in Rajanpur on August 27.Hide Caption 13 of 22A flooded area is seen from atop a bridge in the Charsadda district on August 27.A flooded area is seen from atop a bridge in the Charsadda district on August 27. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanA flooded area is seen from atop a bridge in the Charsadda district on August 27.Hide Caption 14 of 22Volunteers prepare food boxes to distribute among flood victims in Peshawar on Friday, August 26.Volunteers prepare food boxes to distribute among flood victims in Peshawar on Friday, August 26. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanVolunteers prepare food boxes to distribute among flood victims in Peshawar on Friday, August 26.Hide Caption 15 of 22A family carries their belongings through floodwaters in Jamshoro, Pakistan, on August 26.A family carries their belongings through floodwaters in Jamshoro, Pakistan, on August 26. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanA family carries their belongings through floodwaters in Jamshoro, Pakistan, on August 26.Hide Caption 16 of 22People walk through floodwaters in Dagai Mukram Khan, Pakistan, on August 26.People walk through floodwaters in Dagai Mukram Khan, Pakistan, on August 26. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanPeople walk through floodwaters in Dagai Mukram Khan, Pakistan, on August 26.Hide Caption 17 of 22A woman cooks food for her flood-affected family at a makeshift camp in Nawabshah, Pakistan, on Thursday, August 25.A woman cooks food for her flood-affected family at a makeshift camp in Nawabshah, Pakistan, on Thursday, August 25. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanA woman cooks food for her flood-affected family at a makeshift camp in Nawabshah, Pakistan, on Thursday, August 25.Hide Caption 18 of 22Rescue workers carry out an evacuation operation for stranded people in Rajanpur on August 25.Rescue workers carry out an evacuation operation for stranded people in Rajanpur on August 25. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanRescue workers carry out an evacuation operation for stranded people in Rajanpur on August 25.Hide Caption 19 of 22Villagers take shelter at a makeshift camp after their homes were damaged by flooding in Pakistan's Jaffarabad district on Wednesday, August 24.Villagers take shelter at a makeshift camp after their homes were damaged by flooding in Pakistan's Jaffarabad district on Wednesday, August 24. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanVillagers take shelter at a makeshift camp after their homes were damaged by flooding in Pakistan’s Jaffarabad district on Wednesday, August 24.Hide Caption 20 of 22Workers load sacks of relief goods for flood victims in Balochistan, Pakistan, on August 5.Workers load sacks of relief goods for flood victims in Balochistan, Pakistan, on August 5. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanWorkers load sacks of relief goods for flood victims in Balochistan, Pakistan, on August 5.Hide Caption 21 of 22A boy wades through his flooded house in Karachi on July 26.A boy wades through his flooded house in Karachi on July 26. Photos: 'Unprecedented' flooding in PakistanA boy wades through his flooded house in Karachi on July 26.Hide Caption 22 of 2201 pakistan flooding unf02 pakistan flooding unf03 pakistan flooding unf04 pakistan flooding unf05 pakistan flooding unf06 pakistan flooding unf07 pakistan flooding unf08 pakistan flooding unf09 pakistan flooding unf10 pakistan flooding unf RESTRICTED11 pakistan flooding unf12 pakistan flooding unf13 pakistan flooding unf14 pakistan flooding unf15 pakistan flooding unf16 pakistan flooding unf17 pakistan flooding unf18 pakistan flooding unf19 pakistan flooding unf20 pakistan flooding unf21 pakistan flooding unf22 pakistan flooding unfThe deadly floods are threatening to engulf up to a third of the nation by the end of the monsoon season, taking a high toll on lives but also infrastructure, and wreaking havoc on crops across farmland in the middle of a food crisis. Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal revealed the estimated $10 billion cost to the country on Monday, telling CNN: “The world needs to come to Pakistan’s assistance to deal with the effects of climate change.”In a statement Monday, IRC’s Pakistan country director Shabnam Baloch said that Pakistan produced less than 1% of the world’s carbon footprint.A lack of hygiene facilities and clean drinking water has exacerbated the risk of diseases spreading in flooded areas, with nearly 20,000 people in need of critical food supplies and medical support, Baloch added.”Our needs assessment showed that we are already seeing a major increase in cases of diarrhea, skin infections, malaria and other illnesses,” she said. “We are urgently requesting donors to step up their support and help us save lives.”One-third of Pakistan could be under water soonIn a statement Tuesday, Pakistan’s military said rescue missions were ongoing and international aid was beginning to arrive in the country, including seven military aircraft from Turkey and three from the United Arab Emirates.Helicopters had evacuated more than 300 stranded people and distributed over 23 metric tons of relief items, while more than 50 medical camps have been established with over 33,000 patients being treated, the statement said. Pakistan pleads for international help as parts of country 'resemble a small ocean'Pakistan pleads for international help as parts of country 'resemble a small ocean'Pakistan pleads for international help as parts of country 'resemble a small ocean'Also on Tuesday, China will send two aircraft carrying 3,000 tents and Japan will send tarpaulins and shelters, the statement said, adding that the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Azerbaijan have announced financial assistance.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) provided another lifeline Monday, releasing $1.17 billion in bailout funds to avert a default on the South Asian nation’s debt obligations as it grapples with political and economic turmoil worsened by the unprecedented floods.Peter Ophoff, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Pakistan told CNN he had not seen anything on the scale of the floods in nearly three decades working for the aid agency. The country was, however, hit with similarly devastating floods in 2010. “Pakistan is in dire need and the damages are here and we will be in this a very long time,” Ophoff said. “It’s not months but years we are talking about.”The 33 million people impacted by the floods and rain represent 15% of the population.Among 1,136 people killed since mid-June were 386 children, the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) said Monday, as the unrelenting rain raised fears of more fatalities to come. Nearly half a million homes have been destroyed, according to NDMA.”By the time this is over, we could well have one quarter or one third of Pakistan under water,” Pakistan’s climate change minister Sherry Rehman told Turkish news outlet TRT World last week.’Water gushed in’Dramatic scenes of disaster have unfolded in Pakistan as floods inundated the country.It was raining but not heavily, Ali Jan told Reuters Monday, as he stood surrounded by water in Chadsadda in northern Pakistan. But that quickly changed.”Suddenly the outer wall of the compound collapsed and water gushed in,” Jan said. “We barely managed to save ourselves. By the time the women were leaving the house, the water had become almost waist-deep. We evacuated the women and the cattle. The rest is there for you to see. Crops have also been destroyed.” Families sit near their belongings inundated by flood waters in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on August 28, 2022.Families sit near their belongings inundated by flood waters in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on August 28, 2022.Families sit near their belongings inundated by flood waters in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on August 28, 2022.In videos shared by the Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan, its volunteers used a bed frame and makeshift pulley system to help a child and elderly man cross rushing floodwaters, according to the NGO’s digital media manager Ihtisham Khaliq Waseer. More than 3,000 volunteers from the NGO are distributing aid across the country, he said.”We are getting aid but it’s not enough with what we need on the ground, because the damages are very much higher than expected,” he said, adding that volunteer teams have been stretched thin delivering supplies to hard-to-reach areas for weeks.Waseer said he hopes that as rains weaken and flood waters recede in the coming week based on weather forecasts, his team would be able to deliver food rations and set up medical centers in remote areas.

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