Fact Sheet

The Impact of Pakistan's Monsoon Floods on America's National Security

Since the end of July, monsoon rains have severely affected Pakistan, with flooding levels not seen since at least the 1920s. Representatives of Pakistan's government have stated that the floods have displaced at least 20 million people, with floodwaters covering as much as a fifth of the South Asian nation. The humanitarian and environmental consequences of the severe flooding ensure that this will rank as among the world's most damaging natural disasters on record. Although no single extreme weather event can be attributed directly to climate change, scientists say the planet's rising air and sea temperatures mean such severe occurrences will become more intense.

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