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#Pakistan Flooding

# pakistan-flooding - Monday 27 December, 2010

2010 in review: August Review2010 This post contains videos

2010 in review: August

Authorities approve a mosque near Ground Zero, a Chilean mine collapses, and a Coventry woman puts a cat in a wheelie bin.

# pakistan-flooding - Wednesday 13 October, 2010

Pakistan flooding damage at €6.8bn

It will cost billions to repair and replace property, crops and infrastructure in the areas affected by the summer’s flooding.

# pakistan-flooding - Friday 1 October, 2010

Bin Laden condemns Pakistan aid - and climate change

In a new tape, the exiled Al Qaeda leader blast the west’s struggle to offer flooding aid, and for causing global warming.

# pakistan-flooding - Wednesday 1 September, 2010

Pakistan facing second wave of death as flood crises worsens Pakistan This post contains images

Pakistan facing second wave of death as flood crises worsens

Health threats continue to plague Pakistan as the prime minister warns of “massive job losses”.

# pakistan-flooding - Monday 23 August, 2010

A SENIOR UNICEF official has described the lack of support displayed by the international community for Pakistan in its time of need as “quite extraordinary”.

Director of emergency operations for Unicef in New York, Louis-George Arsenault, said that  the country had suffered the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, according to reports by the BBC.

Today Pakistani officials are meeting with members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, to review the country’s budget and establish the best course of action.

So far 1,600 people have been killed and 16.8 million affected by the catastrophe. Speaking on RTÉ radio on Sunday, Pakistan’s ambassador to Ireland, Naghmana Hashmi, warned that the consequences of the disaster are extremely grave.

Hashmi said that millions of people are certain to die without help. She pointed out that children are likely to be the worst hit victims, as their young bodies are most vulnerable to injury, malnutrition, and disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that diseases are spreading in affected areas, with cholera causing a wave of deaths.

Cholera is water-borne disease that causes severe dehydration and death if treatment is not promptly given. It will be a major cause of death in Pakistan without fresh drinking water being delivered to survivors.

The UN has aid that it has so far raised almost 70% of the $460m (€363m) it has appealed for, and added that they received more in the second week after the disaster than the first, which is very unusual.

This video from Al Jazeera shows the devastation and chaos caused by the flooding:

# pakistan-flooding - Sunday 22 August, 2010

PAKISTAN’S AMBASSADOR to Ireland has warned that millions of people will die if more aid does not reach Pakistan soon.

Speaking on RTÉ radio, Naghmana Hashmi described the country was faced with the threat of a “major humanitarian disaster”. She also defended the country in the face of mounting criticism over its reaction to the disaster and its military budget.

Hashmi said that the scale of the disaster is hard to conceive, explaining that size of the area affected is the equivalent to just more than the countries of Switzerland, Austria and Belgium combined.

She also outlined how one in 10 Pakistanis – and 6 million children – will be destitute as a result of the catastrophe.

Hashmi defended Pakistan’s military budget, the size of which has been the focus of criticism. Pakistan’s detractors say the large amount of money spent on the country’s army should be put towards food and shelter for the Pakistani people, as well as providing humanitarian relief in response to the flooding.

However, Hashmi said that Pakistan is a bulwark in the ‘war’ against terrorism and needs to defend itself. She asked that critics consider Pakistan’s history and the threats to the country before they begin to tear apart its military budget.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has called for an urgent meeting is between health officials, provincial leaders, and aid agencies in order to coordinate the relief efforts in Pakistan,.

# pakistan-flooding - Friday 20 August, 2010

RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL across Pakistan, and fears are growing that without sufficient help from the international community the Taliban will take advantage of the worsening crisis.

North-western Pakistan is one the areas most severely hit by the flooding – it is also a stronghold for Taliban militants.

The UN has said that it estimates 1,600 people have died in the floods. Pakistan has confirmed 1,243 deaths.

The president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, has said that the militants like the Taliban will step in to exploit the chaos and suffering of Pakistanis who have been affected by the disaster.

The Pakistani authorities are already struggling to cope. The Pakistani military are trying to address the needs of the 20 million people affected by the flooding, while fighting groups like al-Qaeda and the Taliban who are mounting attacks in an attempt to take advantage of the situation.

American government spokesperson, Anthony Cordesman, said the floods are “a major opportunity” for Islamist groups wanting  garner favour with people who cannot access help.

The Pakistani Taliban have already called on the government to refuse foreign aid.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Azam Tariq, said:

We condemn American and other foreign aid and believe that it will lead to subjugation. Our jihad against America will continue.

During a press conference, president Zardari said:

All these catastrophes give strength to forces who do not want a state structure. There is a possibility that the negative forces would exploit the situation. Like they would take the babies who have been made orphans and take them to their camps and train them as the terrorists of tomorrow.

Some of the amounts pledged for Pakistan emergency aid:

Asian Development Bank €1.57bn

World Bank €700m

US €118m

UK €79m

Ireland €2m

# pakistan-flooding - Tuesday 17 August, 2010

AS HEAVY RAINS fell again on Pakistan yesterday, adding to the worst flooding in the country’s history, the UN warned that a “second wave” of deaths could be on the way.

Up to 3.5 million children are now believed to be at risk from water-borne diseases, in the disaster which has already killed 2,000 and affected 20 million more.

Preventing this wave of disease is the first priority of international relief workers, but concerns are also growing about food-shortages and the longer-term effects of the disaster on the nation’s economy, food supply and political stability. The autumn planting season is in jeopardy, meaning that Pakistan may be facing several years of food shortages.

United Nations spokesman Maurizio Giuliano told the New York Times that clean water, food shortages and diseases were the main problems facing the Pakistani people.

There was a first wave of deaths caused by the floods themselves. But if we don’t act soon enough, there will be a second wave of deaths. The picture is a gruesome one.

Meanwhile, the World Bank has agreed to loan Pakistan $900 million to help the recovery effort.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, told the AFP news agency it would take at least five years for the country to recover, and put the reconstruction bill at “more than $10 to $15bn”.

However, international aid efforts have been hampered by what some have described as a sluggish response to the disaster.

Some believe Pakistan’s “image deficit” may be responsible for the apparent apathy, as potential donors fear the funds would be diverted into extremism in the country.

Melanie Brooks, a spokeswoman for Care International, told AFP the UN had to do more to convince donors that the money was “not going to go to the hands of the Taliban”.

# pakistan-flooding - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

The Guardian is reporting that aid is failing to flow to Pakistan.

The US has announced more than $20m in aid for Pakistan, while Ireland has announced half a million in aid.

Fresh flood warnings have also been issued according to The Times of India.

There are warnings of pirate bandits.

The BBC has a diary of the floods in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

# pakistan-flooding - Sunday 1 August, 2010

THE DEATH TOLL as a result of the Pakistani flooding has passed 900, as the monsoon rains continue and rescue workers struggle to access the victims.

Up to a million people have been affected by the extreme weather which has caused what is fast becoming one of the biggest humanitarian disasters in recent history.

A westerly weather system coming from neighbouring Afghanistan, combined with some heavy monsoon rains, has caused some of the words floods on record in the country, with the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province the worst hit.

Dozens more have been killed in Afghanistan itself.

The main highway into the country from China has been completely cut off, hampering humanitarian efforts from what would otherwise have been a major source of aid.

A Pakistani army spokesman said the level of devastation “is so widespread, so large, it is quite possible that in many areas there are damages, there are deaths which may not have been reported.”

Locals have criticised the government’s response to the flooding with some people telling the Associated Press the government have refused to help locate missing relatives.

Army officials fear that the large-scale infrastructural damage caused by the extreme weather – which could yet continue for more days – means that efforts to rescue thousands more who are stranded could be critically delated.

The towns of Kohistan and Nowshera are completely submerged, while a famous tourist valley of Swat has seen every single bridge washed away leaving its residents struggling, literally, to stay afloat.

The Pakistani meteorological authorities have predicted even more rain in the coming days, with floods expected to swamp the southern province of Sindh where the bulk of the country’s agricultural industry is based.