Aug
19
2010

Pakistan flooding disastrous

Pakistan flood
Pakistan floodCourtesy Nadir B

Millions of Pakistan flood victims desperate for aid

United Nation claims more than four million Pakistanis have been made homeless by nearly 3 weeks of flooding.

The number of Pakistani flood victims in need of urgent humanitarian relief has risen from six million to eight million, the U.N. said."

Water every where but none safe to drink

Outbreaks of cholera are common in large floods. Getting safe drinking water to many millions of people is urgent.

"We could have up to 140,000 cases of cholera," Sabatinelli (WHO) said. "We are preparing ourselves for that."

This disaster is "epic"

The after effects of this Pakistan flooding are worse than the 2004 Tsunami or the earthquakes in China and Haiti. Rebuilding roads, bridges, and buildings, and providing food, water and shelter to the many millions of flood victims is going to take billions of dollars.

Learn more about the Pakistan flood disaster

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

U.S. boosts Pakistan flood aid to $150M

Speaking at a special meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Clinton called the floods a "humanitarian disaster of monumental proportions," and called on other nations to help Pakistan in its time of need.

The UN has called for $460 million to help meet immediate needs in Pakistan. Before Thursday's meeting, the UN said it had raised roughly half the amount needed.

Read more:
CBC News

posted on Thu, 08/19/2010 - 3:58pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I should probably double check this (unfortunately, I'm too lazy right now), but I think I read that something like 20% of the country is flooded (or at least affected by the flooding). That's amazing, and sort of hard to imagine.

posted on Thu, 08/19/2010 - 4:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think we should give the president a brake. it took me 3 years to get my brother to move to a new room and thats one person and now theres a flood.

posted on Fri, 08/20/2010 - 1:25pm
jasmine's picture
jasmine says:

I think that is very sad. I wonder if people in the future will come up with an International idea that will help people in situations like this. I truly hope that this world could find a kind heart and get involved immediately.

posted on Thu, 09/16/2010 - 2:06pm

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