People use a makeshift raft to navigate floodwaters from monsoon rains, in the Dadu district of Sindh Province in Pakistan, on September 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

“A monsoon on steroids” has caused deadly flooding in Pakistan. Thirty-three million people – almost the population of Canada – have been affected. This unprecedented disaster has killed 1500 people and injured 13,000.

Two million homes were damaged or destroyed. The damage is estimated at $30 billion US.

Record rainfall

The seasonal rains began in June, dumping triple the average precipitation on the southeast Asian nation. Rivers, lakes, dams, and canals burst their banks. Now, a third of the country is underwater.