Pakistan highly vulnerable to climate change

Islamabad: Pakistan ranked fifth among countries, which are most vulnerable to climate change, according to a report released on Wednesday. According to the Global Climate Risk Index, Pakistan lost 9,989 lives, suffered economic losses worth $ 3.8 billion and witnessed 152 extreme weather events from 1999 to 2018.

Pakistan’s vulnerability to climate change is increasing, the Dawn News quoted the report released by international think-tank Germanwatch. The data indicates that the Pakistani government is not taking enough measures to cope with the challenges and risks that climate change poses to the country, experts said.

According to the report, Pakistan is among the countries that are “recurrently affected by catastrophes (and) continuously rank among the most affected countries both in the long-term index and in the index for the respective year.”

The think-tank placed Pakistan on the fifth spot in the list of countries most vulnerable to climate change in its annual report for 2020. Apart from Pakistan, the 10 countries most affected by climate change include Puerto Rico , Myanmar, Haiti, Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Thailand, Nepal and Dominica.