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Climate change not only reason for Pakistan's flooding toll

Political parties' failure to empower local authorities left millions helpless

| Pakistan
Residents walk through flood water as they head to their villages in Sehwan, Pakistan on Sept. 6: Empowered authorities on the ground could have better handled evacuations.   © Reuters

Salman Rafi Sheikh is a researcher with the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London and the author of "The Genesis of Baloch Nationalism: Politics and Ethnicity in Pakistan, 1947-1977."

The government of Pakistan has firmly blamed recent flooding, which killed some 1,700 people, displaced more than 2 million and caused $30 billion in losses to homes, businesses and farms, on climate change.

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