Pakistani villagers raise hands to get food dropped from an army helicopter at a flood-hit area of Kot Addu, in central Pakistan on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. - Image courtesy of: Big Picture
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This is comparably the WORST natural disaster Pakistan has faced. Several reports indicate upwards of 14 million people being affected, many of whom will continue fasting for Ramadan, though they may not even have food to break their daily fast.
See this infographic of international contributions (commitments that may or may not see the light of day) Sadly, only a combined total of $55.6 M as of Tuesday.
“Within the first 10 days of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, which left 3.5 million people homeless, the international community had committed $247m and pledged £45m… In the first 10 days of Cyclone Nargis, which affected 2.4 million people when it struck Myanmar [Burma], almost $110m was committed and $109m pledged,” Oxfam said. Likewise, $742m was committed to Haiti and $920m pledged after the earthquake there in January.
About 14 million people have now been affected by the flooding, and about 1,600 people killed. Both figures are expected to rise in the coming days. Pakistan’s federal flood commission estimated that 300,000 homes have been destroyed or seriously damaged so far and 2.6m acres (105,000 sq km) of croplands submerged.
“Six million [of the 14 million affected] are children and 3 million women of child-bearing age. This is a higher figure than in the 2005 south Asia tsunami,” the UN’s humanitarian affairs co-ordination office said.
Neva Khan, Oxfam country director in Pakistan, said: “The rains are continuing and [with] each hour that passes the flooding is multiplying misery across the entire country. This is a mega disaster and it needs a mega response.”
To date, only five countries – Britain, the US, Australia, Italy and Kuwait – have committed or pledged more than $5m in new funding.
“Everyone – donors, the UN, aid agencies, the government – all of us need to shift gear on this crisis,” Khan said. “This is the biggest disaster in the world right now and we all need to get behind it.”
One of the hardest hit areas is the Northwest, ironically the heartland of the Pakistani Taliban and other insurgents. The article also brings up the fact that the Pakistani Taliban is urging the state to not take international or western money, but instead it is stepping in and shouldering the burden of financing relief efforts.
REBLOG this or make your own post and start spreading the word. For all the people I follow, only two have even posted anything on this.
Oh, and btw, the two that have been following, their idiot of a President, Zardari, just got back from his European vacation to much needed criticism. Let’s see…