Pakistan’s Latest Floods Demonstrate the Concern of Correlated Extreme Weather Events

Pakistan experienced flooding in August, the worst in its history, which harmed millions of people and caused billions in economic loss.

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Were you aware of the floods in Pakistan this summer?

On August 25, Pakistan declared a state of emergency after a summer that has brought the worst flooding in the country’s history. The floods have affected 33 million people, killed over 1,300 people including 416 children, created an economic loss of 10 billion dollars, and as of August 29, around one third of the country was underwater. Ethan breaks down how climate change made these floods more severe and what lessons we can learn from these floods about extreme weather in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”

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Writer: Ethan Brown

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