A Pakistani writer issues a terrible warning to the international community in the wake of deadly floods: “You can call these people climate refugees… Your country will have them too.

  • A Pakistani writer warns the international community after deadly floods in the country.
  • “You can call these people climate refugees. Remember that phrase,” Fatima Bhutto wrote in The New York Times.

A Pakistani writer is warning the international community about climate change after deadly floods submerged a third of the country, displacing millions of people.

In a New York Times op-ed, Fatima Bhutto wrote that climate change likely played a role in the heavy rains.

“So you can call these people climate refugees. Remember that phrase. Your country will have them too,” she said.

For two months, Pakistan suffered torrential rains that caused the country’s worst flooding in more than a decade. The floodwaters washed away entire buildings, devastated crops and killed more than 1,100 people.

An area the size of Colorado is now submerged in water, according to Sherry Rehman, the country’s climate minister. Authorities estimate that more than 33 million Pakistanis – one in seven people in the country – have been affected by the monsoon rains.

August 29, Rehman tweeted that a town in Sindh saw 67 inches of rain in one day: “Unheard of, nowhere,” the minister said.

According to Our World in Data, the country produces less than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but suffers some of the worst effects of climate change.

Pakistan has been ranked among the 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change in the Global Climate Risk Index 2021.