Farmer Sajid Ali, a Pakistani, surveys the irreparable damage to his cotton field after days of intense monsoon rains have stopped.
“All six acres of my crop have been nearly wiped out. Since even now the fields are submerged to a depth of four feet in water, there is no hope “He was speaking from the village of Masoo Burburi in Sindh’s province.
This year’s monsoon rains have caused devastating floods in southern Pakistan. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and dozens of people have been killed as a result of the storm.
Local media said that flash floods from the neighbouring province of Balochistan overwhelmed around 50 villages in Sindh, devastating thousands of acres of farmland and orchards in the process.
Ali’s town was one of the hardest hit. Approximately 60 families live there, most of them engaged in agricultural activities, such as cultivating cotton, wheat, and chilies, in the fields surrounding the town.
The monsoon rains have always been welcomed in the region, which has been plagued by decades of drought. Farmers like Ali are now at a loss as to what to do after this year’s abundance of good fortunes.
“Sowing this crop had necessitated a loan from the bank. Due to a lack of funds from the remaining harvest, I am now forced to work on someone else’s property “Ali mentioned this.