After the Flood: Migration Is Pakistan’s True Climate Change Challenge

Victims of the worst floods to hit Pakistan in several years walk through water-filled streets, Nowshera, Pakistan, Aug. 3, 2010 (U.N. photo by Amjad Jamal).
Victims of the worst floods to hit Pakistan in several years walk through water-filled streets, Nowshera, Pakistan, Aug. 3, 2010 (U.N. photo by Amjad Jamal).
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This past summer, as if on cue, seasonal floods across Pakistan killed more than 67 people and displaced thousands. For the past five years, Pakistan has experienced unusually severe monsoon rains in the summer. In 2010, flash and riverine floods destroyed 1.6 million homes, killed 2,000 people and displaced approximately 20 million. While flooding grabs the headlines, extreme heat actually has a greater impact on long-term population dynamics in Pakistan. A recent Nature study found that flooding has “modest to insignificant impacts” on long-term migration, while heat stress “consistently” increases long-term migration levels. The study combined data from a 21-year […]

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