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Millions Of Pakistanis Homeless Due To Widespread Floods

Millions Of Pakistanis Homeless Due To Widespread Floods

For over a week, monsoon rains have ravaged most of Pakistan, killing over 1,400 people and leaving 3 million more with no access to food, clean water, shelter, or emergency health care.

Crippled by a stubborn Taliban insurgency, and extremely limited energy resources, Pakistan is in a state of disaster, and many are beginning to question the leadership abilities President Asif Ali Zardari.

With almost no resources for dealing with this kind of emergency, Pakistani rescue workers are struggling to respond to flood victims’ needs. Many of those now displaced by the rising waters say they received no warning that raging waters were heading their way.

United Nations World Food Program spokesman Amjad Jamaal said an estimated 1.8 million are in dire need of water, food and shelter. He said some people are being bitten by water snakes (Reuters).

More rain is in the forecast for the coming days, and Pakistani authorities fear that breakout of water-borne diseases such as cholera could exacerbate an already volatile situation.

Recipe For Disaster

With the government unable or unwilling to provide aid to people that are suffering, Islamist charities, some with suspected ties to militants, have stepped in to provide aid. This only glorifies the militants in the public’s eye and adds to mounting rumors that they may have enough power to take control of the government completely.

In flood-ravaged villages many people have already given up hope that the government will be able to help them. The LA Times reports that most relief packages dropped by Pakistani government helicopters contain only a box of dried milk and a few bottles of water and Pepsi.

This is hardly enough to provide for families of six or more, trapped in areas where bridges and roads have been completely washed away.

After President Zadari plead for international assistance, the U.S. embassy has announced $10 million in immediate humanitarian aid, with more to be earmarked as necessary. The European Union will donate 30 million euros ($39.5 million) while China will donate 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) (Reuters).

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12:45AM PDT on Aug 30, 2010

i love my country and it hurt to see 62,000 square miles of it being run over by ravaging floods, but as much as it pains me to say this: no one should be donating money to the government. if people out there want to help then either do it through relief programs and volunteer teams or through the groups that are actually working on ground level to bring aid to the people in dire need of it. my people are not going to see a fraction of these donations if they're sent though the government!

2:07PM PDT on Aug 13, 2010

this is sadthankyou for shareing

3:00PM PDT on Aug 10, 2010

So many disasters planet wide! All people deserve help when they need it and politics should have nothing to do with it. Bless all those who help others. We are perhaps not our brother's keeper but his (and her) brothers and sisters.

1:23PM PDT on Aug 10, 2010

Such a sad situation.

11:59PM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

The article makes it sound like the assistance provided by charities suspected of having militant ties is somehow sinister. They are helping their fellow countrymen in need. Amen.

11:58PM PDT on Aug 8, 2010

A sad situation. I hope that the world community will help those who need it.

6:02PM PDT on Aug 8, 2010

Who cares about politics fed to us through corporate media?? People are dying and if anyone can help them, then God bless them.

5:27PM PDT on Aug 8, 2010

With all the current disasters (too hot and no rain in Russia leading to record, devasting fires, to too much rain and devasting floods in Pakistan, how can people refuse to believe in global warming effects anymore?

5:26PM PDT on Aug 8, 2010

So, so sad. I hope the world responds and helps them.

5:23PM PDT on Aug 8, 2010

this is so sad for everyone over there as well as the animals

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