Thinking of Pakistan

18 08 2010

My thoughts are with people of Pakistan and China flood victims.  So far it has been worst in Pakistan.   The floods have submerged tens of thousands of villages, killed around 1,500 people and affected 20 million others.  The floods hit first in the northwest, wiping out much of its infrastructure, and then the bloated rivers gushed toward the south and the east, displacing millions more people.

Pakistani villagers pull their belongings through deep floodwater on the outskirt of Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan on Wednesday, 4 August 2010. This year’s monsoon season has prompted the worst flooding in Pakistan.

About a fifth of Pakistani territory has been affected.  The northwest is the epicenter of Pakistan’s fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban, and attacks by militants late Tuesday and overnight highlighted the threat they still pose.  Pakistani girl Rukhsana sits with brother over a rubble of her house destroyed by heavy flooding in Nowshera in northwestern Pakistan.

The UN has said it has now raised nearly half of the $460m it needs for initial relief efforts.  Survivors have criticised the government’s response to the disaster, saying aid has been too slow to arrive and there are increasing reports of victims staging protests to demand help from the government.

UN officials say the floods are now covering an area the size of England. At least 1,600 people have been killed, with health officials warning the toll could rise as water-borne diseases spread.  “Two million dollars are needed every day to provide water – this is not sustainable. We don’t have two million dollars a day,” said Unicef’s regional director, Daniel Toole.

Pakistani flood affected woman stretch their shawls to receive food provided by Pakistan army soldiers to break their fast on the first day of Muslims fasting month of Ramadan in Muzaffargarh near Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, 12 August 2010. Pakistani flood survivors already short on food and water began the fasting month of Ramadan on Thursday, a normally festive, social time marked this year by misery and fears of an uncertain future.

Pakistani children seen with their grandfather sits aside of rubble of his house destroyed by heavy flooding in Nowshera.  Pakistani officials have said it could take five years and up to $15bn for the country to recover.

IDOM will donate 20% of this weekend and next week sales to Mercy Corps for Pakistani flood victims.  You can donate to Mercy Corps here. All images courtesy of AP.

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