Even the most alarming statistics can’t convey the extent of the lasting harm done by the Pakistan floods to so many lives and communities. The floods hit the lowest-income and most vulnerable, washing away entire villages and the infrastructure that served them. The damage will cost at least $16.3 billion to fix.
Water extremes and emergencies are the new norms around the world. Water security underpins food security, human health, and economic development. Improving the resilience of global water systems against climate change-related disruption of the scale seen in Pakistan is a matter of human security.