On Wednesday’s show, The Stream takes a look at recovery efforts following disasters in Pakistan and Puerto Rico that are both linked to climate change.
It’s been more than three months since catastrophic flooding in Pakistan initiated one of the country’s most severe climate change-related humanitarian crises. With 33 million people affected and a death toll that has surpassed 1,500, authorities are now raising alarm about the potential for a new wave of deaths resulting from water-borne diseases along with hunger due to the devastation of crops. “All this means more unsafe births, more untreated diabetes or heart disease, and more children missing vaccination, to name but a few of the impacts on health,” warned The World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. We look at the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Pakistan following recent devastating floods.
Flooding, mudslides and blackouts have incapacitated Puerto Rico following the landfall of Hurricane Fiona on September 18. The storm knocked out power across the US island territory, and 10 days later, hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans continue to live without access to power and water. Meanwhile, some communities remain entirely cut off from access to aid as fuel for backup generators begins to run low. Fiona landed days before the five year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the territory and killed more than 3,000 people in 2017. This most recent hurricane is a stark warning of the threat that compounding climate-related events pose to vulnerable communities and critical infrastructure on an island that never fully recovered from the impact of Maria. We discuss recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and what’s needed to bolster the island against future severe weather events.