Half a year on, scientists are starting to understand the ecological impact of Pakistan’s devastating floods – and it’s a mixed bag. Zofeen T Ebrahim reports.

Five months ago, floods triggered by torrential rains submerged one-fifth of Pakistan, killing 2,000 people and destroying the property, livelihoods and infrastructure of millions. Now, the waters have receded – and with them the media’s attention. But for many environmentalists, like Ghulam Akbar, senior director at WWF, work has only just begun.

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اللهُمَّ إِنَّهُمْ فِي حَاجَةٍ عَاجِلُةٍ إِلَى رَحَمَاتِكَ، اللهُمَّ إِنَّهُمْ فِي حَاجَةٍ

عَاجِلُةٍ إِلَى رَحَمَاتِكَ، اللهُمَّ إِنَّهُمْ فِي حَاجَةٍ عَاجِلُةٍ إِلَى رَحَمَاتِكَ،

فَأَنْزِلْ عَلَيْهِمْ رَحمَاتِكَ يَا رحْمَاَنُ يَا رَحِيمُ، فَأَنْزِلْ عَلَيْهِمْ رَحمَاتِكَ

يَا رحْمَاَنُ يَا رَحِيمُ.

Allahumma innahum fi hajatin ‘ajilatin ila rahamatik, Allahumma innahum fi haajatin ‘ajilatin ila rahamatik, Allahumma innahum fi haajatin ‘ajilatin ila rahamatik, fa anzil alayhim rahamatika Ya Rahmanu, Ya Raheem, fa anzil alayhim rahamatika Ya Rahmaanu Ya Raheem.

O Allah! They are in urgent need of Your Mercies. O Allah! They are in urgent need of Your Mercies. O Allah! they are in urgent need of Your Mercies, so send upon them Your Mercies. O Most Merciful, O Most Kind, so send upon them Your Mercies O Most Mericufl, O Most Kind.

(via sarahaziz & sinsndeeds)

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Didar Gul has a single picture of his daughter Salma, a small, faded one attached to her green identity card. But at least he has that. There is no picture of Nazia, Salma’s sister, who died with her, swept away in a raging torrent. Mr Gul’s small trove of family photographs was carried away, too - together with the few possessions produced by a lifetime’s struggle. That day, Mr Gul was working at his little stall, a short distance away on the main road. The rains were pounding and he asked one of his sons to check on the house, where his wife and Nelam were preparing food. “It was three o’clock in the afternoon and I came and the water was flowing through the sugarcane. I went into my home and my daughter Nelam was up to her neck in water, caught inside the house. The water was beginning to cover her. She was injured – it had gone inside her body.

“The water was so very high, and fast. It was lucky that I came in time - if I had come in another two or three minutes I would have lost my wife and another daughter.” It was only the next day that he learned the fate of Nazia and Salma. “The water was so high that we could not contact our family. I sent one of my sons to see how Nazia and Salma were. My son came back and said: ‘Father, my two sisters have died’.

“When the water level was increasing the police came and warned people to move to a higher place. Salma and Nazia started to move but the water rose and Salma was caught by it. She was crying: ‘I’m drowning, I’m dying’. Nazia took a hand to her to pull her out but she was dragged into the water. They were swept away.” Three days later the bodies of the two sisters were found, half a mile downstream.

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uzairm:

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
Pakistan could use your help right now. Please give what you can.
You can donate online by visiting any of the following internationally recognized aid organizations:
UNHCR
UNICEF
World Food Programme
International Committee for the Red Cross
CARE
 Médecins Sans Frontières (USA, UK, Canada)
Oxfam America
Oxfam Great Britain
British Red Cross
 ActionAid in Australia
 The Humanitarian Coalition in Canada (a partnership between CARE, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec and Save The Children)
Your donations, help, wishes and prayers are much appreciated not only by Pakistanis everywhere but also by every person who cares for the well-being of others.
Please reblog. Please share. Please show you care. 

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.”
(source: guardian)
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…

rassilon:

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ihatethismess:

afghanipoppy:

uzairm:

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

Pakistan could use your help right now. Please give what you can.

You can donate online by visiting any of the following internationally recognized aid organizations:

Your donations, help, wishes and prayers are much appreciated not only by Pakistanis everywhere but also by every person who cares for the well-being of others.

Please reblog. Please share. Please show you care.

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.

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“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.”

(source: guardian)

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…

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Just to let you know

loveeenotwar:

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pakistani:

It is disheartening in a way but we do not mean to imply any ungratefulness here - yet here are the present statistics.

The commitment per person after the 2005 Pakistan earthquake was $70 and for this year’s Haiti earthquake $495, whereas this time that works out at just over 3 dollars per flood affected person! And this all said when as per UN this is the worst calamity to hit Humankind anywhere; more than even if Earthquake of 2005, Indian Tsunami and Haiti combined.

Just so that you know the numbers. But even then thank you everyone who has made a donation or helped spread the word.

*for emphasis.