Anyone can tell you that the earth is getting warmer, but how many truly suffer the direct and palpable consequences of global warming? For hundreds in Pakistan, the four-day heat wave is a fatal reminder of the damage that climate change is wreaking on the planet. In this case, however, the roots of the damage done also extend to the inefficiency of local officials. Facing a temperature of 46 degrees Celsius and nearly 700 casualties, the southern Sindh province in Pakistan is now experiencing street protests as locals blame the government and K-Electric (the region’s main electric supply company) for the power-cuts that shut down water supply and cooling systems, exacerbating the crisis. The fact that the government had to declare a public holiday in order to discourage outdoor activity, coupled with the intervention of the army in relief efforts, further demonstrates the severity of the crisis. Without a doubt, it will take more than rain to save Pakistan.
Contributor: May Huang