Scores of people have been killed so far due to unprecedented floods triggered by record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan’s northern mountains.
Reacting to the situation, recently Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat called out Bollywood over its ‘deafening silence’ on the issue.
Mehwish took to her Instagram stories and shared a note by journalist Haroon Rashid.
She wrote, “The silence from the Bollywood fraternity is deafening. ‘Suffering knows no nationality, race, or religion – no better time for them to show us that they can rise above nationalist politics and care about their fans in Pakistan. We are hurting and a kind word or two would not go amiss.”
Haroon had originally posted in his note, “I genuinely thought humanity knows no borders but it’s telling that hardly any Bollywood stars have posted about the devastating floods in Pakistan – raise awareness, share links, just show sympathy. They know how popular they are and how much that acknowledgment would mean.”
According to the government of Pakistan, more than 1,300 people have died and over 12,700 have been injured by the floods. Over 1.1 million houses have been damaged and some 560,000 houses have been destroyed.
Over 630,000 men, women, and children are reportedly living in relief camps across Pakistan, most of them in Sindh. Many more displaced people are living with host communities.
Access remains difficult with over 5,700 km of roads damaged, and 246 bridges either damaged or destroyed.
The government is trying to address the issues faced by the flood victims but large-scale displacements have led to fears of an impending health crisis.
The World Health Organisation said that about 900 health facilities have been damaged due to floods, 180 of them completely destroyed.
With inputs from Agencies