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Not a good moment to be out and about on the roads of Gulburg and Defence By Fareeha Qayoom

Not a good moment to be out and about on the roads of Gulburg and Defence

By Fareeha Qayoom, photos by Adnan Q. Qayyum

The bad patch - rainwaters flood in sector B, DHA

Rain Waters flood roads in Sector B, DHA. The bad patch in the background where my car got stuck, the long patch of road that Adnan pushed the car through. Not a good photo because I took it! 🙂


ing…ring…ring…a cousin woke me up at 7:00 am today. Apparently it was raining and she wanted a lift to work. I didn’t appreciate being woken up this early in the morning. I told her grumpily – “I’ll see what I can do – will call you back shortly!”

car flooded

My car flooded with rain water, Adnan took the photo

I wasn’t looking forward to driving in this rain…unfortunately for me, back in summer 2008, we got stuck in rain waters on the main boulevard, Gulburg early in the morning on the way to work…the experience has stayed with me. Every time it rains, I get a flashback.

It was not a good experience. The car got stuck in waters, the rainwater got everywhere; even inside the car because there was a hole right under the pedals somewhere; the fan belt frayed and broke down so the car would not go. We had to call our mechanic to come and rescue us, luckily he lived nearby and joined us in a couple of hours – we spent five long and frustrating hours trying to get from point A to B on the main boulevard and eventually made it to the workshop on Waris Road; got the car fixed and even sent it back to get the hole plugged later on. My boss thought I was making up the story to get a half day off – in total frustration, I remember I decided to do a photo-story on the havoc the rains caused in Gulburg for Valuemag – I wanted the city government to sit up and take notice and for my boss to believe me, things were actually this bad in the city!

This morning, with all this running at the back of our minds, Adnan (my younger bro) decided that we would leave an hour after the rain stops. It stopped raining around 11:00 am. We got ready and left for work just before noon. My cousin decided not to join us. Unfortunately for me, I still haven’t learnt how to drive in deep waters…sector B, DHA was practically flooded. We took our usual short cut through sector B which became a total nightmare in five minutes. I tried to detour to less deep waters but I had to brake which was not good. I have been told not to brake when in deep waters but I couldn’t help it – anyway, the watery patch proved too long – the car stalled and wouldn’t go…kept shutting down. The mechanic had never plugged the hole under the pedals – the car was totally flooded. My jeans and shoes were water logged.

My brother by this time had lost all patience with me and was quite stroppy. We called for help; called the office to advise them of this latest development. The help was taking too long to arrive so eventually, Adnan pulled up his pants, took off his shoes and socks and pushed the car for a bit till we reached comparatively a drier patch. I parked the car and we waited it out. To pass the time, we opened the bonnet to see how far the water had gone up through the engine. Imagine our surprise when we saw the top of the engine was wet too…and there was a bit of leaf sitting pretty on top of the carburetor!

The sun came out. We had to sit for about half an hour or more. The engine had dried out a bit so the car started again…I ran the engine for good fifteen minutes, practiced my braking technique and decided to go back instead of forward because I don’t think I could cope with another ‘stupid’ moment – Gulburg was bound to have some more – Adnan’s workplace is always flooded, especially the Liberty Traffic circle en-route. He helped me take a few photos to record this ‘stupid’ moment in time and we ran the car back but took a different route home, which was comparatively drier.

The sun was out, the engine dried out a bit, Adnan's shoes and socks

The sun was out, the engine dried out a bit, Adnan's shoes and socks, photo by Adnan

There was another bad watery patch on the main road on the way to sector W – I kept praying the whole time I drove back. The car brakes were a little slow to respond; I had lost all my confidence in my ability to drive in such conditions and even this small patch of water on the main road was a huge nightmare to drive through for me. I have a few choice words to say to my mechanic as well. He was supposed to have plugged the hole since he charged me for it! Not that this stupid moment was a cause for complaint, (there are worse things happening in the world right now; unexpected snowing in South America and  heavy rains, landslides and broken dams in China, what was a little rain in comparison?) It just made me feel like a total failure.

I wish ‘they’ (the respective governments) would fix the drains and store the rain waters instead of letting it flood all over the place though and plant some trees all over the world so the climate goes back to normal instead of behaving like a wild child.

Hello, City Government and DHA, United Nations and the developed world– are you listening? I am talking to you!!! ■

rains hit town

Photo story - Valuemag print edition 5 - Sept 2008

page 2 rains hit town

page 2 of photo story - photos by GM Shah, Layout: M. Asif

Editor’s note: Be sure to check out the following news logs for the latest updates on Pakistan floods.

map of dadu sept 16 2010

Flood map of Dadu: Sept 16, 2010, Courtesy of OCHA

Pakistan flood map sept 17

Pakistan flood map: Sept 17, 2010, courtesy of OCHA

Pakistan floods sept 7 2010

Pakistan floods Sept 7, 2010, Courtesy of BBC.co.uk

pakistan floods

Pakistan floods - August 23, 2010, Courtesy of BBC.co.uk

flood map

Pakistan flood map as of August 25, 2010, courtesy of OCHA

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.


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  2. Farrah Muldoon says:

    You poor dear (she said facetiously)

    Here’s a tip. If you don’t know how deep the water is go around it, not through it. If that doesn’t work and your car has a manual transmission, put it in second gear, keep the clutch slightly depressed and drive through gently without taking your foot off the accelerator.

    And if all else fails, get a canoe….

    On a serious note though, our chickens have come home to roost. We have clogged up whatever drainage there was because nobody from gormint through aam shehri cares about their country, and as with everything else in the country we are experiencing a systemic failure.

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    • Thanx Muldoon…appreciate the driving tip! 🙂

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  3. Rain compounds problems
    Friday, July 23, 2010
    By Our Correspondent


    RAIN continued disrupting life for the third consecutive day here on Thursday and a number of the localities in the provincial metropolis remained submerged in rainwater for several hours.

    The rain which started early morning and continued till noon played havoc in the City and inundated several low-lying localities.

    The Met officials have predicted more rains for Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northeast Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir while isolated rains are expected over southeast Sindh.

    In Lahore, the Met Office recorded 139mm rain at airport, 122mm on Jail Road, 97mm on Upper Mall, 94 mm at Baghbanpura, 80 mm at Misri Shah, 72mm at Shahi Qila and 64mm at Shahdara.

    The most affected locality in Lahore was that of Garden Town where all the roads were submerged in rainwater. The road leading to Kalma Chowk from Barkat Market was jam-packed with vehicles moving at a snail’s pace due to knee-deep rainwater. A similar scene was witnessed on the road leading to Faisal Town and Jinnah hospital. The small roads of Ahmed Block were completely submerged in rainwater which had also accumulated on the greenbelts along the Canal Road. The locals said the greenbelts were overflowing with rainwater and no efforts were being made to drain water out of the greenbelts as well as small roads of the area.


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  4. Pervaiz slams CM’s ‘apathy’ to far-flung areas

    Friday, July 23, 2010
    By Our Correspondent


    PML-Q central leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has expressed his grief at the loss of over 30 precious lives during the recent torrential rains in Punjab, directing his party members to extend full support to those injured and displaced in the rainy season.

    Condemning the Punjab chief minister’s indifference to the problems of the far-flung, rain-hit areas of the province, Pervaiz termed the incumbent the CM’s recent visit to Lahore’s Laxmi Chowk during rain a cheap publicity ploy, accusing him of a criminal neglect of the genuine problems of the people outside his own political constituency.

    Talking to senior office bearers of the PML, Pervaiz expressed his concern over the Punjab government’s lack of interest in alleviating the problems of the people beyond a few areas of Lahore.


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  5. Chenab river in high flood

    Friday, July 23, 2010
    By Our Correspondent


    THE Chenab River almost touched high level of flood at Marala on Thursday afternoon with 192,726 cusecs inflow following widespread rain in the catchment area.

    According to an official of Flood Forecasting Division, however, river flow is now showing declining trend at Marala. At 8pm, inflow of Chenab River was recorded at 162,550 cusecs, showing medium level of flood. Inflow at Khanki, another barrage at Chenab River downstream Marala is rising and touched 107,400 cusecs in the evening.

    River Kabul at Nowshera and River Indus at Chashma are in medium flood with inflow of 78,600 cusecs and 445,300 cusecs respectively.


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  6. Rain in Lahore on 21st July, 2010
    by Zain-U-Din Arshad Jul 21, 03:31 PM
    it was raining from about last 5 hours heavily and i went out to drop my father to the office, on my way back i captured some photos 🙂

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  7. Seven die in Lahore due to rain
    LAHORE: The death toll in rain related incidents in Lahore has risen to seven. This includes two children who were killed by electrocution.
    Heavy rain is lashing Lahore for the second consecutive day.
    In Lahore’s Raj Garh area two cousins, seven-year-old Mohsin and 13-year-old Muzamil were playing in the street when they touched a bare electric wire of a Wapda pylon and were electrocuted.

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  8. Neither CDGL nor TMAs ready to take action
    By: Iqtidar Gilani | Published: July 23, 2010

    LAHORE – The wet conditions after heavy rains in the City continue to play havoc with the lives of residents of dangerous buildings with local governments holding each other responsible for taking action while merely acting as silent spectators.


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  9. Poor drainage causes problems for masses
    Published: July 23, 2010

    LAHORE – Shalimar Housing Scheme situated in the limits of Mughalpura WASA Sub division has turned into pond because of heavy rains in the City and thanks to WASA who could not open the blocked main sewerage line of Katcha Salamat pura.
    Scheme is giving a flooded look and despite making repeated complaints by the residents of the scheme, the WASA officials concerned are unmoved, said a local of the area.


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  10. Lahore rain – SAMAA VIDEO
    Upadated on: 21 Jul 10 09:32 PM

    Rain has disturbed life in Lahore, Shahid Hussain reports. (July 21, 2010)

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  11. Lashing rains kill 19 in various areas
    July, 21 2010
    LAHORE: At least 19 people lost their lives in rain-related accidents, as driving rains are in progress in various parts of the country, Geo News reported Wednesday. The stormy downpours intermittently continued since last night in Dera Ismail Khan and the adjoining areas. At least three children and a woman were killed as their house caved in in Aba Shaheed. The rainwater is still present in low-lying areas, rendering the life virtually suspended.

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  12. Monsoon death toll rises in Pakistan
    By Adnan Adil

    ISLAMABAD – The death toll as monsoon rains continued for a third day has risen into the dozens.

    Twelve were killed in Lahore and other areas of Punjab, and a Bann River flood swept away 50 in Balochistan’s Barkhan region, Dawn reported. About 30 bodies have been found, according to media.


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  13. Pakistan: Over 40 killed in rains, floods
    Press Trust of India, Updated: July 22, 2010 17:55 IST

    Islamabad: Over 40 people, including women and children, have died and dozens reported missing due to torrential rains and flooding in parts of Pakistan, officials said on Thursday.

    Flash floods following heavy rains over the past few days swept away about 50 people in Barkhan and Kohlu areas of Balochistan province. Provincial Disaster Management Authority chief Hassan Baloch said 30 people had died in Barkhan and 20 others were missing.


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  14. Downpour causes traffic jams
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Friday, 23 Jul, 2010

    LAHORE, July 22: Widespread rain which continued for the third consecutive day on Thursday caused traffic jams on major city roads as a result of which people could not reach their workplace in time.

    While inundation on Empress, Nisbet, Shalimar Link, Jail, Multan and GT roads, Chauburji and Garhi Shahu, Firdous Market at Gulberg intersections hindered movement of vehicles, out-of-order traffic signals added to the woes of motorists at GPO, Lytton Road, Mozang Chungi, Aik Moria Pul, Nakhuda Chowk at Misri Shah, outside Bhati Gate, Baghichi Sethan and Infantary Road.

    During the five-and-a-half hours or so long spell that begun at around 3:30am, the Met Office recorded 138mm rain at its airport and 122mm at Jail Road observatories while 97mm at the equipment at Upper Mall, 94mm at Baghbanpura, 80mm at Misri Shah, 72mm at Lahore Fort and 64mm at Farrukhabad (Shahdara).

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  15. A slideshow of 19 photos – about rains in Lahore. Do check it out…

    Pakistan Monsoon
    Posted Jul 22, 2010

    (AP) At least 19 people have died in various incidents caused by overnight torrential rains in Pakistan, a media report said on Wednesday.

    The deaths occurred due to electrocution, house collapses, traffic accidents and floods, as monsoon rains lashed the country on Tuesday night, Xinhua reported.

    The rains, however, brought relief to the people from sultry heat. Some parts in the country received over 100 mm rainfall.


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  16. Thousands rendered homeless by flood in Balochistan
    By Saleem Shahid
    Saturday, 24 Jul, 2010

    QUETTA: The death toll in flash floods unleashed by torrential rains in Barkhan area of Balochistan rose to 50 on Friday.

    Thousands of people were rendered homeless in Barkhan, Kohlu and Sibi and aid and rescue work was affected because of long distances and damaged roads. “About 50 people have died in two days in flood and rain-related incidents in Barkhan,” Hassan Baloch, director general of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, told Dawn.

    He said that a joint operation by the army, Frontier Corps and the provincial government was under way to shift the affected people to safe areas.


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  17. Over 50 dead as torrential rains play havoc in Punjab, KP

    Friday, July 23, 2010
    LAHORE: About 50 people were killed as a result of torrential rains and flooding in the Punjab and the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces on Thursday. Monsoon rains continued in most parts of the Punjab and the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces during the past 24 hours.

    According to the Met office, Lahore received 190 mm rain, Dera Ghazi Khan 80 mm, Garhi Dopatta and Muzaffarabad 55 mm each and Jhang received 20 mm rain during the past 24 hours.

    Our correspondent adds: Torrential rains also left several villages of Dera Ismail Khan and Jalalpur Bhattian under water. Several villages were inundated due to a breach in RD 1200 Canal in DI Khan. More than 200 houses submerged when protective dykes broke. According to reports, at least 12 people were killed in Lahore and other parts of northern Punjab and more than 16 were injured in rain-related incidents.


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  18. Monsoon madness: Rain, raining, rained!
    By Sabihey Namazi
    Saturday, 24 Jul, 2010 | 08:47 AM PST |
    The sky turns dusky, clouds thunder and flashes of light shine, giving an overall new, soothing look to the otherwise burning daylight. People jump to their feet and rush to the nearest window. They outstretch their hands and the first drop caresses their palm. And soon everybody yells, “It’s raining!”

    Yes, that’s the charm of monsoons — they bring along not only drops of water but also showers of happiness. With curtains of rain veiling the city, all worries seem to alleviate. As the rain cascades down, people quit their tasks — whether it’s an employee working on a project, a mother cooking lunch in the kitchen or a student completing piles of homework, they sneak out to capture the moment. Everyone wants to rejoice to the fullest before monsoons make their way back. And in Pakistan, monsoons are a celebration. We celebrate it not with ballrooms, pasta or IPods but by drenching under the open sky, dancing, swirling, eating pakoray and singing to ourselves. Yes, we celebrate it in the ultimate desi style!


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  19. 30,000 people made homeless as floods enter Tambo tehsil

    People criticise slow relief work in affected areas
    * Met department forecasts heavy rains in Sindh, Balochistan

    QUETTA: More than 30,000 people have been made homeless as flash floods entered Tambo tehsil of Nasirabad district in Balochistan, destroying crops in the canal-irrigated area.

    Around 0.2 million people had been affected by floods in six districts of Balochistan where rescue and relief work had been slow and inadequate. Roads, power transmission lines and railway tracks have been destroyed in the district. On Sunday, for the fourth consecutive day, the area remained cut off from the rest of the country. But some trucks loaded with relief goods reached the affected areas by using alternative routes. Balochistan Communication and Works Minister Mir Sadiq Umrani confirmed the massive devastation in Tambo tehsil, where people had been forced to live under the open sky, as their houses had been destroyed by the flash floods. There have been reports of snakebites in the area but the Balochistan Health Directorate has failed to dispatch anti-snake bite medicines to the area, which has led to some deaths.


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  20. Monsoon rains across Sindh, Punjab, KP
    Tuesday, 27 Jul, 2010

    KARACHI: Monsoon rains continued in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday, DawnNews reported.

    At least four people were killed in Karachi and Rawalpindi in rain-related incidents.

    In Punjab’s Rajanpur district, crops were badly damaged due to flooding, reports said.


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  21. Monsoon rains to continue across Pakistan
    Wednesday, 28 Jul, 2010

    LAHORE: As widespread rainfall was reported from various parts of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the meteorological office said on Tuesday that the current spell of monsoon was likely to persist on Wednesday and Thursday over most parts of the country.
    It said a strong monsoon current from the Bay of Bengal was penetrating sub-mountain areas of Punjab and Kashmir up to 5,000 feet while seasonal low lay over Balochistan and adjoining areas.


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  22. Four dead as monsoon rains lash Karachi
    Wednesday, 28 Jul, 2010

    KARACHI: At least four people died from electrocution and another drowned as heavy rains wreaked havoc on the city and inundated many roads and low-lying areas on Tuesday.

    Rains which continued intermittently throughout the day exposed the working of the city’s municipal services as almost all the major thoroughfares were submerged by rainwater, causing traffic jams and immense hardship to motorists and commuters.

    Most public transport went off the road after ankle to knee-deep water had accumulated on thoroughfares of the city, and people were seen wading through the flooded streets and roads.

    In the SITE area, a young man died from electrocution while passing through a street submerged by rainwater after the morning rain.

    “The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Talib Hussain, who was a wage earner,” said an official at the Chhipa Welfare Trust, which shifted the body to the Civil Hospital Karachi. “A live electric wire lying outside the Ali Gohar Apartment in the Gulbai area caused the death.”


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  23. Flash floods, rains leave 50 dead in KP, Fata
    Dawn Report
    Thursday, 29 Jul, 2010

    PESHAWAR: Flash floods and torrential rains wreaked havoc in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas on Wednesday.

    At least 50 people were killed and a large number of houses and bridges were destroyed. Several schools, roads and mosques in northern parts of the province were washed away.

    Shangla, Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Tank and North Waziristan Agency were the worst affected areas. Large areas were cut off in different parts of the province.

    Gas supply from Gurguri oil and gas field in Karak district to Punjab and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was suspended after hill torrents damaged the main transmission line near Yaqobi Kalla, an official of the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Company said.

    Hundreds of houses in low-lying areas were partially damaged. An official of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in Peshawar said that relief goods had been sent to some areas.

    He said that 124 houses were completely or partially damaged in southern districts.
    The PDMA issued warnings to the administration of all 24 districts in the province to prepare themselves for any emergency.


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  24. Heavy rains delay salvage of crashed Pakistan plane
    By Kamran Haider
    ISLAMABAD | Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:24am EDT
    (Reuters) – Heavy monsoon rains in Islamabad on Thursday hampered recovery efforts at the site of a Pakistani plane crash that killed all 152 people on board a day earlier, a senior police officer said.

    The Airbus 321, belonging to private airline AirBlue, crashed on Wednesday into a steep and heavily-wooded hillside in Islamabad shortly before it was due to land after a flight from the southern port city of Karachi.

    Thick fog and rainy weather are considered the most likely reasons for the worst aviation accident on Pakistani soil.


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  25. Rains affect industrial, business activities
    By Aamir Shafaat Khan
    Wednesday, 28 Jul, 2010

    KARACHI: The industrial production and business activities remained subdued as a larger chunk of labour could not reach their workplaces due to heavy rains that lashed the metropolis on Tuesday.

    The labour attendance dropped at some places up to 50 per cent due to thinner public transport affecting activities in the major industrial estates of the city.

    Many retail and wholesale markets were closed down early in the evening because of Shab-e-Barat. A number of public transport owners kept their buses parked eyeing rough weather and lesser flow of commuters.

    Site Association of Industry Chairman Salim Parekh claimed a decline of 50-60 per cent in workers’ attendance on Tuesday. He said many who came left early due to Shab-e-Barat.

    He said that accumulation of rain water in Site industrial areas was another factor for a lean working day. At some places rain water entered factories.


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  26. Officials: Floods kill at least 313 in Pakistan
    By RIAZ KHAN and ROSHAN MUGHAL (AP) – 3 hours ago
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The death toll in three days of flooding in Pakistan reached at least 313 on Friday, rescue and government officials said, as rains bloated rivers, submerged villages, and triggered landslides.
    The rising toll from the monsoon rains underscore the poor infrastructure in impoverished Pakistan, where under-equipped rescue workers were struggling to reach people stranded in far-flung villages. The weather forecast was mixed, with some areas expected to see reduced rainfall and others likely to see an intensification.
    Pakistani TV showed striking images of people clinging to fences and other stationary items as water at times gushed over their heads.
    The northwest appeared to be the hardest hit, and Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister for the province, said it was the worst flooding in the region since 1929. The highway connecting Peshawar to the federal capital, Islamabad, was shut down after the water washed away bridges and other links.


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  27. Pakistan Boost Rescue Effort After Flash Floods Kill 275, Destroys Homes
    By Khurrum Anis and Anwar Shakir – Jul 30, 2010 11:39 AM

    Pakistan stepped up rescue efforts after flash floods and heavy rains in the northwest killed 291 people and left thousands stranded in the region’s worst storms. Communication systems collapsed.

    “We have 23 helicopters which are helping in relief and rescue missions across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today,” Amir Siddique, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, a government agency, said by telephone from Islamabad today.

    The death toll is on top of the 152 people who died when a plane crashed in heavy rains near the capital two days ago. Homes and bridges collapsed in the rain, live electric wires fell into the water and families were swept away in the floods in the province, according to Mujahid Khan, a spokesman for the Edhi Rescue Service.


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  28. Floods ravage NW Pakistan, kill 430 people

    By RIAZ KHAN and ROSHAN MUGHAL (AP) – 1 hour ago

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Boats and helicopters struggled to reach hundreds of thousands of villagers cut off by floods in northwest Pakistan on Friday as the government said 430 people had been killed in the deadliest such disaster to hit the region since 1929.

    The flooding capped an already deadly week in Pakistan, which is no stranger to calamities, natural or otherwise. A passenger jet flying in bad weather slammed into hills overlooking the capital, Islamabad, on Wednesday, killing all 152 people on board.

    Three days of heavy monsoonal rains across the northwest caused scores of rivers to burst their banks, tearing down 60 bridges and scores of roads and buildings. Hundreds of villages and towns, along with massive swaths of agricultural land, were under several feet of water.

    Associated Press Television News footage showed a powerful torrent running through the center of Mingora town in the Swat Valley, carrying debris and trees with it. Hundreds of residents trudged through flooded streets as rescue officials used loudspeakers to urge them to evacuate homes in low-lying areas.

    An AP reporter traveled in an army helicopter dropping tents and food supplies to stricken communities in the northwest. He flew over around 150 villagers that were inundated close to the border with South Waziristan. The three major roads in the region were all blocked.

    “This is a natural calamity, and we will do whatever is possible to reach the flood-affected people and to help them,” said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister for Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province. “We appeal to the world community to help us. We need a lot of assistance.”


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  29. Floods kill hundreds in Pakistan


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  30. Floods kill more than 400 in Pakistan’s northwest

    By Faris Ali

    PESHAWAR | Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:37pm EDT

    PESHAWAR (Reuters) – Heavy monsoon rains have triggered the worst floods in decades in Pakistan’s northwest, killing more than 400 people and forcing thousands from their homes as authorities struggle to reach stranded villagers.

    Three days of torrential rains caused rivers to burst their banks in several places and unleashed widespread destruction in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, destroying houses, bridges, schools, roads and railway tracks.

    “According to initial reports received from all districts, 408 people have so far been killed” since Wednesday, Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain told reporters in the provincial capital of Peshawar.

    “We fear the death toll will rise once the water recedes. We are facing the worst disaster in the history of our province.”

    The towns of Nowshera and Charsadda and the northwestern valley of Swat were the worst hit where gushing flood waters washed away houses and hotels around the banks of swollen rivers.

    “Half of Nowshera is already under water,” said Imran Khan, whose ancestral home is beside the river in the garrison town, about 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Islamabad.


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  31. Gilani takes aerial view of flood affected KP
    Upadated on: 30 Jul 10 10:04 PM

    Staff Report

    PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has taken an aerial view of the flood affected areas of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and instructed to make immediate arrangements for the rescue of water trapped people.

    PM Gilani, during aerial view, was accompanied by the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa Amir Hyder Hoti, Awami National Party Chief Asfand Yaar Wali and the State Minister of Information and Broadcasting Samsam Bukhari.

    Gilani said that the federal government will use its all resources to help the affected people.

    “ All the water trapped people shall be rescued immediately and through helicopters, food shall be supplied to the affected people” Gilani instructed to the Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority. SAMAA


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  32. Monsoon system over KP, Gilgit-Baltistan weakening
    By Intikhab Hanif and Khaleeq Kiani
    Saturday, 31 Jul, 2010

    LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: The monsoon system, which generated torrential rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and north Punjab in league with a strong westerly wave, weakened on Friday evening, but the rainwater swelled the rivers Indus and Jhelum to dangerous levels.

    The Met office reported development of another monsoon low pressure over the Bay of Bengal and said it could cause more rain by August 4 if it moved to this region. “It is premature to say it will move to Pakistan. But even if it comes here, it is not likely to cause flood generating rain,” said chief meteorologist Hazrat Mir.

    Mr Mir said he feared flooding in Kashmore, Rojhan and Mithan Kot on Aug 4 and in Sukkur, Larkana, Dadu, Moro, Sehwan Sharif, Hyderabad, Kotli and Pannu Aqil between Aug 6 and 7.


    At least 410 killed, over 400,000 affected by KP flood
    By Zulfiqar Ali
    Saturday, 31 Jul, 2010
    PESHAWAR: As raging floods wreaked havoc across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and some Fata regions, inundating large parts of Nowshera, Charsadda and Swat, the people of Dera Ismail Khan were warned on Friday of a similar disaster after 400,000 to 500,000 cusecs of water discharged from the overflowing Tarbela reservoir threatened all natural and man-made protective barriers in the district.

    The calamity which a minister described here on Friday as the worst in the history of the province has claimed at least 410 lives.

    Thousands of villages have been submerged by rivers bloated by torrential rains; roads have been blocked by landslides and about 400,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.


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  33. Sindh wants army called in as flood threat looms
    By Habib Khan Ghori
    Saturday, 31 Jul, 2010

    KARACHI: The Sindh government has sought an immediate deployment of the army to help deal with the situation arising out of the passage of what is being described as a ‘super flood’ in the Indus river through the Guddu and Sukkur barrages and the irrigation network in a couple of days.

    An emergency meeting of the Sindh cabinet has also been summoned for Saturday evening to discuss the looming threat and finalise measures to counter it.

    The decision to seek assistance from the armed forces was taken at a high-level meeting held on Friday at the CM’s House under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. Several ministers and the secretaries concerned attended the meeting.

    The meeting reviewed the current situation vis-à-vis the Indus and its vast irrigation network and a likely impact of the ‘super flood’. It was officially announced that floodwaters were expected to enter the Sindh territory sometime between Aug 2 and 3.

    According to sources, a formal request was sent to the Corps V commander for necessary measures like arrangements for lifeboats and deployment of army personnel to help the local civil administrations in carrying out relief and rescue operations.


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  34. UN starts relief works in flood hit provinces

    ISLAMABAD: Head of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Manuel Bessler said that after launching relief efforts in seven districts of Balochistan, the UN has started relief operations in 29 flood affected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

    Bassler said that there is no need for international help; however, the final decision will be taken after a complete scenario of the issue.


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  35. I wrote the following note for RTI Pakistan’s editorial…July 31st 2010

    KP: The Ravaged Province – 233 mm of rain that fell in 36 hours
    Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has been in jeopardy since forever. A few generations of Pakistanis have grown up in the last thirty years in the meantime.

    What with the Afghan conflict on its borders since 1979 and the Afghan refugee situation, the new fall-out of the conflict resulting from US-NATO invasion since 2001, target killings, bombings and terrorist activities in our home ground, earthquake 2005, Pak Army’s action to push right back the Afghan natives to their point of origin who were taking refuge in KP and planning their so-called resistance to NATO forces, which resulted in loads of IDPs only last year, and now the latest calamity – floods, the citizens are probably wondering whatever did they ever do to deserve all this. When calamity happens, we always ask God, “Why me?”

    Over 400, 000 citizens have been affected. Death Toll seems to be rising hourly as many people are unaccounted for and might turn up dead when the dust settles. Tourists are stuck in the north. Things seem pretty bad and are getting worse rapidly. As usual, the government was caught off-guard.

    Funnily enough, with climate change debate heating up in the world, they should have known they would be one of the worst hit countries of the world from now on, especially now, when the developed world refuses to take action to cap its carbon emissions or take effective measures to halt its relentless tide – innocent lives will be lost every year now because governments of the world refuse to do the right thing.

    Extremes of weather, rain, floods and droughts, storms (cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons) will be the norm going forward in Pakistan. Monsoon is a yearly phenomenon in Pakistan and this year our Met office warned all stakeholders back in April (or was it May?) that it would hit Pakistan early and in force which it did.

    KPs economy is in shambles – tourism, industry, manufacturing and agriculture. This latest calamity is probably the last straw. I was watching images (on my TV screen) of protestors angrily shouting for the government to do something last night! ‘Rescue operations are fairly inadequate and disaster relief management is not in place.

    The latest series of troubles are not over – after Balochistan and KP, now, it’s apparently Sindh’s turn – the flood waters are heading in that direction to wreck some more havoc.

    The government will need to heavily invest in disaster relief management going forward because our climate is indeed changing and each year, it will bring a new installment of disaster one way or another. It’s a fact that the whole world is suffering its impact but we unfortunately are again the front line state in our fight against nature. We better get prepared.


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  36. Swollen Leh brings back painful memories
    By Aamir Yasin
    Friday, 30 Jul, 2010

    RAWALPINDI: It was almost a repeat of 2001 flash floods for citizens of the garrison town on Thursday when the Nullah Leh swelled after daylong heavy showers and inundated several low-lying areas.

    The channel became a ragging torrent and the Gowalmandi bridge was submerged by the evening when the water level rose to around 30 feet.

    Two units of the Pakistan Army’s elite 111 Brigade were called in to deal with any emergency. District administration, Civil Defence department and Rescue 1122 evacuated 170 families from the low-lying areas and shifted them to flood relief centres.


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  37. Pakistani government ramps up relief efforts in flooded northwest region
    By Griff Witte and Haq Nawaz Khan
    Saturday, July 31, 2010
    ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — The Pakistani government stepped up relief efforts Friday for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the worst flooding in decades to hit the country’s northwest, an area already racked by extremist violence.

    While unusually heavy monsoon rains have inflicted damage across the country this week, northwestern Pakistan has borne the brunt of the destruction, with the death toll there climbing Friday to at least 408, provincial officials said.


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  38. It rained again this afternoon in Lahore. My office doesn’t face any windows so I didn’t notice it was becoming cloudy.

    My brother called me at 2:30 and suggested that I look out of the window…it was raining slightly in Gulburg. He asked me to leave whatever I was doing and hurry home. (He was home already. Saturday is a half day for him – I on the other hand have to put in a full day’s work). On his way home, he had encountered loads of puddles and thought I might get stuck again and he won’t be there to help. So I ran home. Unfortunately, I decided to take a drier route home- Cantt to defence…it was raining cats and dogs on this route. I prayed the whole time I was driving…:)

    I made it home safe and sound. Thank God. Even a little rain now feels kind of scary…it was a lot of rain in those 30 minutes it took me to get home.

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  39. Massive Flooding in Pakistan Kills More than 800
    Pakistani officials estimate that more than 800 people have been killed since monsoon rains started in earnest across the country in the final week of July. This is the country’s worst flooding in more than 80 years.

    Pakistani authorities say days of heavy monsoon rains have affected much of the country, especially in the northwest, killing more than 800 people.

    Retired Lieutenant-General Nadeem Ahmad is the chairman for Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority. He tells VOA that this is country’s worst flooding since 1929. “We have a huge problem on our hands with regards to [the] management of such of, you know, unprecedented flood that we are having,” he said.


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  40. Over 900 dead as floods sweep Asia

    By Lehaz Ali (AFP) – 3 hours ago

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Floods sweeping Asia have killed more than 900 people, officials said Saturday, washing away thousands of homes and destroying infrastructure in some of the worst scenes in living memory.

    Heavy monsoon rains exacted the heaviest toll in northwest Pakistan, with 800 confirmed dead and the regional capital Peshawar cut off, while the deluge killed another 65 people in mountainous areas across the border in Afghanistan.

    Floods devastating northeast China have killed at least 37 people and destroyed 25,000 homes, with the authorities racing to intercept vessels that broke their moorings and retrieve barrels full of explosive chemicals headed for a dam.

    The worst floods in living memory destroyed homes and swathes of farmland in northwest Pakistan and Pakistani Kashmir, with the main highway to China reportedly cut and the military deployed to help isolated communities.

    The United Nations said almost a million people had been affected by the Pakistan flooding. Footage shot from helicopters showed people clinging to walls and rooftops as gushing waters rampaged through inundated villages.


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  41. Death Toll Rises to 800 as Floods Hit Pakistan

    Published: July 31, 2010

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Floods driven by record-breaking rainfall have killed least 800 people, many in the northwest, and destroyed thousands of homes in the past week, officials said Saturday, in the latest disaster to test Pakistan’s already strained federal government.


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  42. Pakistanis Critical of Government’s Response to Floods
    Residents of Pakistan’s northwest region are complaining about their government’s response to the catastrophic flooding that has killed more than 1,000 people.

    Pakistan officials have acknowledged they are struggling to reach thousands of stranded villagers after days of pounding monsoon rains.


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  43. Pakistan struggles with help for flood victims
    Pakistan has stepped up relief work for its flood-hit north-west, with 30,000 troops joining the effort.

    Officials say the death toll from the worst monsoon rains in memory has passed 900.

    There are also fears that with more rain forecast for the next 24 hours, some areas face further threats.

    However the main north-south motorway has partially reopened, raising the prospect of aid reaching thousands of people still waiting for assistance.

    The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool, in the capital Islamabad, says that large parts of Pakistan’s north-west remain submerged.

    He says officials fear that once access to affected areas improves, the full picture will show that the situation is much worse than known so far. Pakistan has stepped up relief work for its flood-hit north-west, with 30,000 troops joining the effort.


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  44. Death toll from Pakistan floods rises to 1,100

    By RIAZ KHAN (AP) – 17 minutes ago

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The death toll from massive floods in northwestern Pakistan rose to 1,100 Sunday as rescue workers struggled to save more than 27,000 people still trapped by the raging water, officials said.

    The rescue effort has been aided by a slackening of the monsoon rains that have caused the worst flooding in decades in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province. But as flood waters have started to recede, authorities have begun to understand the full scale of the disaster.

    “Aerial monitoring is being conducted, and it has shown that whole villages have washed away, animals have drowned and grain storages have washed away,” said Latifur Rehman, spokesman for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. “The destruction is massive and devastating.”

    The toll from the flooding could go higher since rescue workers have been unable to access certain areas, said Adnan Khan, a disaster management official.


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  45. Pakistan Flash Flooding May Have Killed 3,000 as Homes, Bridges Swept Away

    By Anwar Shakir and Farhan Sharif – Aug 1, 2010 2:27 PM GMT+0500

    As many as 3,000 people may have died in flash floods that have devastated Pakistan’s northwestern region, with the toll now surpassing 1,000, the local head of communications of the country’s largest rescue service said.

    Almost a million people have been affected by the flooding, the United Nations said two days ago.

    “The death toll could go as high as 3,000 because the level of destruction has been so great,” Mujahid Khan, chief spokesman for Edhi rescue service, said by telephone from Peshawar yesterday. The toll was now 1,025, Khan said today.

    The flood disaster comes after 152 people died when a plane crashed in heavy rain near the capital, Islamabad, on July 28. Homes and bridges have collapsed in the rain, live electric wires have fallen into the waters and families have been swept away in the floods.


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  46. Frustrations rise after Pakistan flooding kills hundreds
    By Griff Witte and Haq Nawaz Khan
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, August 1, 2010; 2:40 PM

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Anti-government anger grew in the strategically important northwestern region of Pakistan on Sunday as authorities appeared overmatched by the massive devastation caused by torrential monsoon rains.

    The death toll from drownings, landslides and lightning strikes varied widely Sunday, between 730 and 1,100, with officials warning that the total could significantly rise. About 27,000 people remained stranded by floods, which have wiped out entire communities and blocked major roadways.


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  47. Malakand worst affected: Hoti
    By Zulfiqar Ali
    Monday, 02 Aug, 2010

    PESHAWAR: As rescue teams reached people marooned in flood-affected areas of Nowshera, Charsadda, Swat and Shangla by boats and helicopters on Sunday, and evacuated over 20,000 of them, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister said thousands more were trapped in the inaccessible valleys of Malakand division.

    As rescue and relief efforts continued, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said 767 deaths had been confirmed in the areas accessed so far and the toll might increase with information reaching from other parts of the province.


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  48. Rivers breach century-old record
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Monday, 02 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: An almost 110-year-old record of river flow was broken when 1.034 million cusecs of water passed the Chashma barrage on Sunday afternoon.

    The flood has played havoc with lives and property in upstream Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

    An irrigation expert told Dawn that the highest flow recorded previously at the point was in 1901 when it reached about 900,000 cusecs. A large part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been affected at that time as well. The authorities do not have any dependable data for years before 1901.

    “The biggest-ever flood in Pakistan’s history was recorded at about 4pm on Sunday when 1,034,000 cusecs crossed Chashma,” an official said. The flows then started to recede and fell to 967,000 cusecs by 8pm.


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  49. More than 300,000 displaced in Layyah
    Dawn Report
    Monday, 02 Aug, 2010

    LAYYAH: More than 300,000 people were displaced when the Indus in high flood devastated an area of about 1,200 square kilometres here on Sunday.

    More than one million cusecs of water passing through the river washed away about 12,000 houses, ravaged 82 revenue estates and destroyed standing crops on 250,000 acres.


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  50. Flood toll tops 1,100 as cholera emerges
    Monday, 02 Aug, 2010

    PESHAWAR: The death toll from Pakistan’s worst floods in living memory stood at over 1,100 on Monday, with water-borne disease emerging as a threat to survivors.

    More than 1.5 million people have been affected by flash floods and landslides brought on by monsoon rain in the northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistani-administered Kashmir, officials said.

    “The floods have killed more than 1,100 people in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and affected over 1.5 million,” Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the province’s information minister, told AFP.

    “We are receiving information about the loss of life and property caused by the floods all over the province,” he said, adding that he feared the death toll could rise.

    A senior official at the provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) confirmed the toll.

    Hussain said more than 3,700 homes had been swept away and the number of people made homeless was mounting.


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  51. Lack of foresight
    Dawn Editorial
    Monday, 02 Aug, 2010

    Floods have caused damage and devastation across the country in recent days, but perhaps nowhere more so than in northern Pakistan. Nowshera, Charsadda, Swat, Shangla, the information coming in from such districts is very grim. There is already speculation that the death toll will rise further and that may well be the case as the water recedes and the presently inaccessible areas are scoured. At this point, what the state is capable of doing on short notice is being attempted, from rescuing the stranded people to providing food and water. Inevitably, shortcomings in the state’s response have become apparent and the chorus of criticism is growing.


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  52. Pakistan Flood Toll Exceeds 1,200 as Officials Struggle to Reach Survivors
    By Anwar Shakir and Farhan Sharif – Aug 2, 2010 12:07 PM

    The toll from Pakistan’s deadliest floods in decades exceeded 1,200 as government agencies struggled to reach survivors and President Asif Ali Zardari faced criticism for proceeding with a trip to Europe.

    “We have recorded 1,227 dead so far and this will increase” to as high as 3,000, said Mujahid Khan, a spokesman for Pakistan’s independent Edhi rescue service in the northwest city of Peshawar. The floods have affected a million people overall, the United Nations says.

    The worst of the flooding occurred in a 160-kilometer (100- mile) swath of mountain valleys and irrigated plains in northwest Pakistan where the government has been fighting the growing influence of the Taliban and allied militants for much of the past decade. A poor government response to natural disasters such as the 2005 earthquake has in the past given militant groups a chance to build popular support with their own relief efforts.


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  53. Frustrations mount in flood-devastated northwestern Pakistan
    By Griff Witte and Haq Nawaz Khan
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Monday, August 2, 2010
    ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Anger against the government grew in the strategically important northwestern region of Pakistan on Sunday as authorities appeared overwhelmed by the devastation caused by torrential monsoon rains.


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  54. Pakistan scrambles to provide relief as flood deaths rise
    Aug 2, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Peshawar, Pakistan – Relief workers Monday struggled to provide food and medicine for victims of floods that have wreaked havoc in north-western Pakistan, as rescue officials said the death toll might rise over 1,500.
    The worst floods the country has faced in several decades washed away millions of hectares of crops, submerged villages and destroyed roads and bridges in the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, parts of the Pakistan-administered Kashmir region and the eastern province of Punjab.


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  55. Gilani directs ministers to visit affected areas
    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani Sunday claimed that the government was taking steps for providing maximum relief to people of flood affected areas. At the same time, he urged civil society and non-government organisations (NGOs) to also come forward to play their role in this regard.
    Talking to the Chairman of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Punjab, Mian Muhammad Hanif here at the Governor’s House Sunday afternoon, the PM directed the PRCS to keep liaison with the provincial governments and take measures for fully ensuring the provision of medicines and other facilities to flood victims


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  56. Super flood and govt response: lessons from the past

    Monday, August 02, 2010
    By Tahir Hasan Khan


    A Karachi-based Urdu daily was banned in 1973 for publishing a headline story: “Faisalabad doob gaya, Larkana bacha liya gaya” (Faisalabad drowned, Larkana saved). The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had assumed power two years before, and the late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the prime minister when the country was faced with the flood situation. The ban on the newspaper was lifted within a couple of days, but that story left a negative image and damaged the reputation of the PPP and late ZA Bhutto.

    This was the first major criticism against late ZA Bhutto although the elected government had taken measures for the protection of the people without any discrimination. It was the then PPP finance minister Dr Mubashir Hasan who had planned a comprehensive strategy to handle the situation.

    The country had suffered huge financial losses in that natural disaster. PPP workers were the main force in relief work and they helped out the government. It was the political will of the party and its leadership, as ZA Bhutto himself visited each and every affected area to monitor the relief work and boost the moral of the people.

    Rail and road communication was destroyed from Karachi to Lahore, and air link was the only option for transportation between Sindh and the rest of the country, and this situation badly hampered the relief work. Floods had swept away the railway tracks and National Highway and this communication was restored after a month. This was the PPP leadership that mobilized the workers in Sindh for providing relief and shifting the people from flood-affected areas to safer places.


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  57. The link with governance
    By Huma Yusuf
    Sunday, 01 Aug, 2010

    Last Wednesday, the worst news that there were no survivors from the ill-fated Airblue flight 202 had been broadcast. Terrifying images from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa showing the toll the floods took on life and property there had also started pouring in.

    And so, the host of a prime-time television talk show began his programme by saying that the sad day had seen the deaths of many more Pakistanis. He went on to say that those deaths were not the consequence of suicide bombings, target killings, or drone attacks; rather, the lives had fallen victim to accidents and natural disasters.

    I was watching the show with a group of people who objected to the host’s language. They complained that the threat of extremism reared its ugly head all too often nowadays, even when out of context or inappropriate. What, they asked, was the connection between natural disasters and drone attacks?


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  58. August 2, 2010, 10:58 am
    Eyewitness Video of Pakistan Floods

    As Pakistan’s government struggles to respond to what officials call the worst flooding since 1929, eyewitness video posted online shows some of the devastation caused by the deadly monsoon rains.

    This clip, uploaded to YouTube on Monday, appears to show what Matt Weaver of the Guardian calls “harrowing” images of people in the northwestern city of Peshawar taking desperate risks as they try and fail to cross rapidly swelling floodwaters to safety:


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  59. Heavy Monsoon Rain to Redevelop in Pakistan this Week

    By Dave Samuhel, Senior Meteorologist
    Aug 2, 2010; 12:15 PM ET

    After a light rainfall over the weekend, more heavy rain will affect flood-ravaged Pakistan this week. Flooding is expected to continue to be a problem during the first two weeks of August.

    An estimated 1,100 people were killed in last week’s flooding, and 100,000 more were affected by cholera and gastro disease outbreaks, as reported by CNN.

    A very high flood crest is expected to travel south, down the Indus River over the next few days. The five rivers that drain northern Pakistan join to form the Indus River. Flooding is expected on the Indus in areas that have not seen flooding yet.

    The river is rising in the cities of Guddu and Sukkur. According to the government of Pakistan, all low-lying areas are expected to be inundated by flood waters.


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  60. Pakistani flood survivors salvage little they have

    By CHRIS BRUMMITT (AP) – 37 minutes ago

    CAMP KOROONA, Pakistan — Relief efforts in Pakistan’s flood-ravaged northwest picked up pace Monday, but survivors complained about government inaction — a worrying sign for authorities seeking public support for the fight against militants in the region.

    Around 300 people blocked a major road in the hard-hit Nowshera district to protest at receiving little or no aid, witnesses said. Other survivors returned to devastated villages, wading through waist-high water to salvage chairs, plates and other possessions — a wall clock, a battered fridge — from beneath mud and debris.

    “We have nothing, we are just depending on the mercy of God. Nothing left except this wet wheat,” said Marjan Khan, sorting through piles of the grain laid out on wooden beds.

    Scores of bridges, roads and buildings have been washed away by the torrents, which were triggered by exceptionally heavy monsoon rain. The floods are the worst in a generation, and weather forecasters say more rains are due to fall south and central Pakistan.

    The death toll was at least 1,200 on Monday, with up to 2 million survivors requiring assistance.

    The northwest is the epicenter of Pakistan’s battle against al-Qaida and the Taliban. Alongside military and police operations, the government — with the support of the West — is trying to improve its services and living standards there to blunt the appeal of militancy.


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  61. Three million affected by Pakistan floods: UNICEF
    ISLAMABAD: The worst floods in memory in northwest Pakistan have affected more than 3 million people so far and the death toll has climbed over 1,400, a spokesman for the UN Children’s Fund said on Tuesday.

    Abdul Sami Malik said 1.3 million people were severely affected by the floods which have brought heavy criticism of the government over its response to the disaster.

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  62. UN allocates $18 million for flood victims
    By Masood Haider
    Tuesday, 03 Aug, 2010

    UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has allocated $18 million for flood victims in Pakistan.

    A UN spokesman said on Monday that the UN Office of Humanitarian Assistance already had some $8 million in Pakistan relief funds and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had released some $10 million in Central Emergency Relief Funds.

    The UN chief expressed grief over the significant loss of lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure as a result of torrential monsoon rains that have caused the worst floods in the country in 80 years.

    Meanwhile, the World Food Programme announced on Monday that it was mobilising every possible resource to make sure the needs of the affected people were met as quickly as was humanly possible.


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  63. Pakistanis’ Anger Grows as Flood Damage Mounts
    Published: August 3, 2010

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The damage from Pakistan’s worst floods in generations mounted on Monday as rescue operations continued and public fury rose in the country’s most volatile province.


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  64. August 2, 2010, 4:16 PM
    Pakistan Vies With Islamists to Aid Flood Victims

    Five years after Islamic charities with ties to militant groups aided victims of a deadly earthquake in Pakistan, earning good will as the country’s government struggled to respond, reports suggest that the same scenario may be unfolding again.

    On Monday, Reuters reports that several Islamic charities are rushing to fill a vacuum created by a slow response from the Pakistani government to devastating floods that have killed hundreds and left up to 2 million Pakistanis in need of assistance.

    Reuters notes that one of the groups involved in the response, Falah-e-Insaniyat, has ties to Jamat-ud-Dawa, an Islamic charity led by the founder of the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was blamed for the 2008 attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai. In October, my colleague Salman Masood explained that Jamat-ud-Dawa is “widely viewed as a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba.”


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  65. Pakistan floods affect more than 3 million people
    The worst floods in a generation in northwest Pakistan have affected more than 3 million people so far and the death toll has climbed over 1,500, according to the UN Children’s Fund

    Ben Farmer in Kabul and Khalid Khan in Peshawar
    Published: 7:00AM BST 03 Aug 2010

    Abdul Sami Malik said 1.3 million people were severely affected by the floods which have brought heavy criticism of the government over its response to the disaster.
    Pakistani authorities are struggling to help victims of the flooding, many of whom have lost their homes and livelihood and say they had not received any official warnings that floods were heading their way.


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  66. More rain hampers Pakistan relief efforts
    Renewed rain has been hampering relief efforts after floods in Pakistan which have killed at least 1,500 people and left tens of thousands cut off.

    Criticism is rising of the pace of the government response.

    The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool reports from Nowshera, one of the worst affected areas, on the new downpours which have struck on Tuesday


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  67. New Storm Warnings in Pakistan Hinder Rescue

    Published: August 3, 2010

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s government on Tuesday wrestled with a natural disaster that seemed to grow by the hour as new storm warnings threatened to deepen the worst floods in 80 years.


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  68. As New Rains Threaten, Flood Pakistan’s Anger Grows
    By Omar Waraich / Islamabad
    Devastated by the worst floods to hit the country in more than 80 years, Pakistanis are lashing out against their government for failing to mount an effective rescue and relief operation. The aid organization UNICEF says that the death toll is at least 1,400, with up to three million people affected. With tens of thousands still stranded, without sustenance or shelter, anger is being focused on a government perceived to be doing little to alleviate the suffering — or prevent more even as new rains are expected. Many of the survivors are exhibiting symptoms of diarrhea, cholera and other waterborne ailments, conditions that will test the capacity of medical teams in the days ahead.


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  69. Floods & their aftermath
    Dawn Editorial
    Wednesday, 04 Aug, 2010

    Pakistan hasn’t seen floods of this ferocity for nearly 80 years. The impact has been devastating with more than 1,000 people killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone. Hundreds of villages have been swept away in Punjab while Sindh, which has seen so little water in its waterways for a number of years, is now bracing itself for a major deluge.

    It is tragic that we suffer miserably as a nation when there is no rain and yet can find no solace when the heavens open up. The experience in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab has shown all too clearly that local administrations were simply not equipped to deal with a disaster of this magnitude. How the Sindh authorities will fare remains to be seen but no one should be pinning their hopes too high. Still, the province enjoys the advantage of an advance warning and it is hoped that the evacuation measures currently under way in the riverine areas will help save lives.


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  70. Crises in disaster management
    By Mahir Ali
    Wednesday, 04 Aug, 2010

    It’s somewhat odd that whereas there were any number of voices calling for President Asif Zardari to cancel his state visit to Britain on account of remarks made by Prime Minister David Cameron in Bangalore, hardly anyone bothered to suggest that perhaps his jaunt to Paris and London ought to be put off on account of one of Pakistan’s worst natural disasters in living memory.

    Perhaps that’s because no one in their wildest dreams could imagine that his presence in the country would in any way be particularly conducive to rescue and relief efforts. Which is fair enough. It is not, however, uncommon in such circumstances for heads of state or government to at least make symbolic gestures of solidarity with their nation’s beleaguered populace, and putting off a trip to Europe doesn’t seem like a particularly stupendous sacrifice.
    It is more than likely that misplaced priorities have played a part in the sharp dip in Zardari’s popularity in the Pew Research Centre poll released last week, which showed 76 per cent of those polled expressing an unfavourable view of the president, up from 65 per cent last year and just 24 per cent in 2008. That’s quite an achievement. It could perhaps be remedied somewhat by a duel with Cameron on the lawns of Chequers. But, more seriously, the figures would undoubtedly have improved had Pakistanis seen him at least attempting to console some of the flood-stricken unfortunates in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


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  71. Flood hits Kot Addu, threatens Kapco
    By Tehseen Raza and Tariq Birmani
    Wednesday, 04 Aug, 2010

    MUZAFFARGARH/ DERA GHAZI KHAN: Violent waves of the Indus surged into Kot Addu town on Tuesday after breaching the banks of the Taunsa-Punjnad link and Muzaffargarh canals.

    Floodwaters are posing a severe threat to Kapco power plant and Pak Arab Oil Refinery. Villages and fields only 2kms from Kapco have been inundated.

    On the right bank of the swollen Indus, water has entered Kot Mithan, the hometown of Sufi poet Khwaja Ghulam Fareed, in Rajanpur district, after eroding a dyke.


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  72. Pakistan farmers see livelihoods wiped out by floods
    Wednesday, 04 Aug, 2010

    MAJUKY FAQIRABAD, Pakistan: Devastating floods have swept away farmland and devastated livestock in Pakistan’s northwest, costing farmers millions of dollars and sparking demands for government compensation.

    The land was some of the most fertile in the country: rich soil nurtured sugarcane, maize, tobacco and vegetables, fed communities and carpeted a lush landscape watered by gushing rivers and framed by mountains.

    That vanished when torrential monsoons dumped more than 300 millimetres (12 inches) of rain in the space of 36 hours. More rain has fallen since and still more rain is forecast.

    Entire villages and farms have been swept away. Homes have disappeared under flood waters. Dead livestock have been left rotting in the mud.


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  73. Desperate Pakistan flood victims attack aid convoys and set up road blocks
    Rising anger among Pakistan’s flood victims over Islamabad’s failure to help has sparked attacks on relief lorries, as the United Nations estimated 3.2 million people are now affected

    Ben Farmer in Kabul and Khalid Khan in Nowshera
    Published: 10:47PM BST 03 Aug 2010

    esperate crowds were reported to have blocked roads and attacked aid trucks in the worst affected areas of the northwest. Police charged the crowds with batons.

    Destitute victims criticised the secular government in Pakistan, while charities linked to Islamist militants vied to provided food and shelter instead.


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  74. Nawaz criticises Zardari over UK visit
    Wednesday, 04 Aug, 2010

    CHARSADDA: Pakistan’s main opposition leader on Wednesday piled pressure on President Asif Ali Zardari to cut short a foreign tour and deal with the aftermath of the worst floods in living memory.

    Nawaz Sharif, head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, spoke to reporters in Charsadda, one of the northwest areas worst hit by devastating floods that have affected 3.2 million people and killed an estimated 1,500.

    “We have been let down very badly by Mr Zardari. We have been let down more by him than the statement by David Cameron,” Sharif told reporters.


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  75. My RTI Editorial–Wednesday, August 04, 2010

    What do you say when you are confronted with so much carnage? Destruction? Human misery? Are any words capable of filling this void?

    I don’t know. All I see is misery, more misery and yet more misery.

    God help us all. This is a prayer for the dying and the living of Pakistan…I don’t have the words.

    “Prayer For The Dying” by Seal

    Fearless people,
    Careless needle.
    Harsh words spoken,
    And lives are broken.
    Forceful ageing,
    Help me I’m fading.
    Heaven’s waiting,
    It’s time to move on.
    Crossing that bridge,
    With lessons I’ve learned.
    Playing with fire,
    And not getting burned.
    I may not know what you’re going through.
    But time is the space,
    Between me and you.
    Life carries on… it goes on.
    Just say die,
    And that would be pessimistic.
    In your mind,
    We can walk across water.
    Please don’t cry,
    It’s just a prayer for the dying.
    I just don’t know what’s got into me.
    Been crossin’ that bridge,
    With lessons I’ve learned.
    Playing with fire,
    And not getting burned.
    I may not know what you’re going through,
    But time is the space,
    Between me and you.
    There is a light through that window
    Hold on say yes, while people say no
    Life carries on
    It goes on….oh-ee-oh, whoa-ee-oh ho oh…
    I’m crossing that bridge,
    With lessons I’ve learned….
    I’m playing with fire,
    And not getting burned….
    I may not know what you’re going through.
    But time is the space,
    Between me and you.
    There is a light through that window.
    Hold on say yes, while people say no
    Cause life carries on….oh-ee-oh, whoa-ee-oh ho on…
    It goes on….oh-ee-on,
    It goes on.
    Life carries on.
    When nothing else matters.
    When nothing else matters.
    I just don’t know what’s got into me.
    It’s just a prayer for the dying.
    For the dying.

    Pakistan flood photos –

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  76. Rescuing Pakistan’s flood survivors
    August 4, 2010 — Updated 1939 GMT (0339 HKT)
    (CNN) — Recovery efforts are underway in Pakistan where monsoon rains and severe flooding washed away tens of thousands of homes and killed as many as 1,500 people.

    How you can help? A number of charities are mobilizing medical, shelter and humanitarian aid, responding to the great need for flood survivors’ immediate needs.


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  77. US stresses aid to Pakistan, eyeing improved image

    By ROBERT BURNS (AP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is stepping up emergency relief for victims of Pakistan’s devastating floods, hoping a highly visible dose of goodwill will soften anti-American attitudes in a country seen as vital to defeating al-Qaida.

    This comes at the same time a congressman who played a key role in revising the war strategy in Iraq in 2006 on Wednesday proposed an independent review of U.S. strategy and goals in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    These separate efforts reflect growing concern about the lack of apparent progress in the nearly nine-year conflict in Afghanistan, which has cost more than $297 billion and the lives of more than 1,100 U.S. troops.

    Along with NATO, Pakistan is the key partner of the U.S. in the Afghan conflict. A Pew Foundation poll released last week that found nearly six in 10 Pakistanis view the United States as an enemy and only one in 10 call it a partner. Nearly two-thirds said they want American troops out of Afghanistan.


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  78. Flood ravages towns and villages in south Punjab
    By Tehseen Raza, Irfanul Haq and Tariq Birmani
    Thursday, 05 Aug, 2010

    MUZAFFARGARH: Gushing Indus water turned Kot Addu town into a virtual lake and submerged parts of the Alipur and Jatoi tehsils on Wednesday.

    Floodwater hit Kot Addu from two sides on Wednesday. A wave resulting from a breach in the Taunsa spur had hit the western side of the town on Tuesday, followed by breaches in the Muzaffargarh and TP link canals. On Wednesday, a wave from the Indus entered the town from the Noor Shah Talai Road.

    Some members of the Punjab Assembly based in the area blamed negligence of irrigation officials for flooding in Kot Addu and Daira Din Pannah.

    MPA Ahmad Yar Hunjra said he had called for breaking the spur No.22 bridge to turn the flood towards the riverside of Taunsa, but irrigation officials refused to do so because of technical problems.


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  79. Pakistan floods spread into populous Punjab region
    Pakistan’s prime minister has demanded his cabinet speed up relief to 3.2 million people hit by the worst floods in 80 years as devastation spread when floodwaters surged into the south of the country.

    By Ben Farmer in Kabul and Khalid Khan in Peshawar
    Published: 4:53PM BST 04 Aug 2010

    Yousuf Raza Gilani, prime minister, told his cabinet to speed up relief work and try and estimate the financial scale of the damage.
    Continuing heavy rain in the northwest triggered more flood warnings and some 15,000 houses were destroyed in the south as rivers carried the floodwaters into Pakistan’s Punjab province.

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  80. Pakistan’s Sindh province braces for floods

    Thu Aug 5, 2010 7:03am EDT
    * Sindh in path of floodwaters

    * Thousands evacuated

    * Zardari under fire over handling of crisis

    (Adds quotes, details)

    By Waseem Sattar

    SUKKUR, Pakistan, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s biggest floods in 80 years threaten to inflict widespread suffering in Sindh province after the unpopular government let down millions of people ravaged by the disaster in other parts of the country.

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  81. Pakistan flooding spreads in Punjab and Sindh
    “People here are saying they are not getting help from the army or the government”
    Surging flood waters in Pakistan that have killed more than 1,500 people in the past week have spread to swathes of the centre and south of the country.

    The UN says four million people have now been affected by the country’s worst floods in nearly a century.

    Ongoing monsoon rains and the swollen Indus river have caused thousands more to flee homes in its most populous province, Punjab.

    In neighbouring Sindh province 350,000 people have been moved, officials say.


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  82. U.N. Warns of Pakistan Food Shortage
    ISLAMABAD—The United Nations warned Wednesday that a food shortage could threaten the lives of thousands of people trapped in floodwater in northwestern Pakistan as six U.S. army helicopters joined the relief effort.

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  83. My editorial for RTI Pakistan – August 6, 2010

    Floods: Fury of God?
    Are you connecting the dots?

    January 2010– a lake is created up in the north because of landslide.
    According to Wikipedia, “The lake was formed due to a massive landslide at Attabad village in Gilgit-Baltistan, 9 miles (14 km) upstream (east) of Karimabad that occurred on January 4, 2010. The landslide killed twenty people, buried and inundated the Karakoram Highway and blocked the flow of the Hunza River for five months. The lake flooding has displaced 6,000 people from upstream villages, stranded (from land transportation routes) a further 25,000, and inundated over 12 miles (19 km) of the Karakoram Highway.[1] The lake reached 13 miles (21 km) long and over 100 meters in depth by the first week of June 2010 when it began flowing over the landslide dam, completely submerging lower Shishkat and partly flooding Gulmit. The subdivision of Gojal has the greatest number of flooded buildings, over 170 houses and 120 shops. The residents also had shortages of food and other items due to the blockage of the Karakoram Highway. By June 4 water outflow from the lake had increased to 3700 cusecs.”

    June 2010 – Cyclone Phet hits our coast. It batters Gwadar and surrounding towns and villages. “Hundreds of mud houses collapse and several people are displaced in most parts of coastal Pakistan following torrential rains,” according to Gulf News, June 6 news.

    July 2010 – Pakistan gets flooded in monsoon rains – all provinces feel the brunt of seasonal rains. This is a developing story and our troubles have only just started. Rehabilitation might take all our resources and even then, we might not recover from this calamity.

    Why do you think its happening? Two words – Climate Change. Last year the government spent hundreds campaigning to raise awareness about the importance of trees, protecting our environment, taking measures to stop logging heedlessly, protecting our natural habitats, preserving our eco-systems, but may be more needs to be done?

    The year hasn’t ended yet. How many more disasters are coming our way I wonder?

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  84. Pakistan floods seen worsening as heavy rains loom

    By Waseem Sattar

    SUKKUR | Fri Aug 6, 2010 10:59am EDT

    SUKKUR Pakistan (Reuters) – Heavy rains are expected to lash areas of Pakistan already devastated by the worst floods in 80 years, likely to intensify a calamity that has cast more doubts about the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari.

    “We’re forecasting widespread rains in the country, especially in flood-affected areas,” Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry, director general of the department, told Reuters, adding the downpours are expected in the next two days.

    At least 1,600 people have been killed by the flooding. The National Disaster Management Authority said 12 million people have been affected in two provinces hit by the floods and figures were not yet available for southern Sindh.

    The floods have stoked popular anger at absent Zardari, who went ahead with state visits to Europe at the height of the disaster, which swallowed up entire villages.


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  85. Zardari’s trip to Europe fuels resentment as Pakistan reels from deadly floods
    By Griff Witte
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Friday, August 6, 2010; 11:05 AM

    ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — A politician with a 20 percent approval rating might not appear to have much to lose. But Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, his standing already seemingly at rock bottom, elicited a new level of public scorn this week.


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  86. ‘More than four million’ hit by flooding in Pakistan
    By Waseem Sattar in Sukkur
    Friday, August 6,2010

    Pakistan’s worst floods in 80 years have killed at least 1,600 people and affected the lives of more than four million, the UN said yesterday.

    The UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said that aid from its members was reaching over 300,000 survivors, with many UK charities distributing food, water purification tablets, shelter, medicine and hygiene kits by raft, boat and donkey. Last night the actor Art Malik and the former hostage John McCarthy presented new TV and radio appeals.

    Brendan Gormley, DEC’s chief executive, said: “These devastating floods have left millions fighting to survive with little food, clean water or shelter. As monsoon rains continue unabated, the situation is deteriorating and the speed of our response is vital.”


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  87. Gilani seeks world help for flood affectees
    By Ahmad Hassan
    Saturday, 07 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has appealed to the international community, overseas Pakistanis and the corporate sector in the country to generously support people affected by floods.

    “As I speak, the flood is still engulfing new areas and adding to the scale of devastation. At this time of crisis, I would like to appeal to the international community to support Pakistan to help alleviate the sufferings of the flood-affected people,” he said in his monthly radio address to the nation on Friday. The prime minister chose English for this paragraph.

    “Pakistan has been hit by the worst flood in its history. While still struggling to cope with the negative impact of the situation on our western borders and the crisis of internally-displaced persons, we have yet again been hit by a natural disaster.”


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  88. KP, Punjab face new spell of rain
    By Intikhab Hanif and Kalbe Ali
    Saturday, 07 Aug, 2010

    LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: There seems to be no respite for the flood-affected people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. The two provinces are expected to face another spell of rain, heavy at times, over the next 36 hours, especially on Sunday.

    The country received widespread rain on Friday and is still reeling from the devastation caused by floods, especially in the Indus River, and heavy downpour in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, southern Punjab and Sindh over the past ten days.

    According to the Met office, the districts to be affected by the fresh spell of rains are: Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi, Mardan, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Karak, Tank and Dir in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Mianwali, Layyah, Bhakkar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh, Rahimyar Khan, Rajanpur, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore in Punjab.


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  89. Guddu barrage withstands super flood
    By Aziz Malik
    Saturday, 07 Aug, 2010

    HYDERABAD: The barrage at Guddu which faced a massive flow of 962,000 cusecs on Friday appeared to have withstood the pressure and experts are of the opinion that Sukkur barrage will also be able to cope with the onslaught of about 600,710 cusecs.

    However, the ‘exceptionally high flood’ at Guddu and ‘high flood’ at Sukkur have affected over 2,000 villages in Sukkur, Ghotki, Khanpur, Shikarpur, Larkana and Dadu districts.

    About 130 villages in kutcha areas of Kashmore and Nawabshah have been affected and thousands of people have been evacuated. EDO (revenue) Asad Abro said in Larkana that 79 villages in the kutcha area have turned into islands, but inhabitants were reluctant to leave their homes. More than 90 villages in the kutcha area of Kashmore had been inundated, said revenue officer Imtiaz Mangi in Kashmore. He said that more than 100,000 people had been evacuated in the district.


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  90. Monsoon rains threaten to worsen Pakistan’s flood crisis

    Authorities evacuate people living along swollen rivers as further downpours hamper efforts to help millions already affected

    Associated Press in Sukkur
    # guardian.co.uk, Sunday 8 August 2010 14.17 BST

    Pakistani authorities evacuated people living alongside expanding rivers today as forecasts predicted further heavy rain thatcould worsen the country’s flood crisis.

    Officials estimate that as many as 13 million people have been affected by the worst flooding in the country’s 63-year history. About 1,500 people have died, most of them in the north-west, the hardest-hit region.

    Monsoon rains began about two weeks agoand have washed away roads, bridges and many communications lines, hampering rescue efforts by aid organisations and the government. The downpours have grounded many aircraft trying to rescue people and ferry aid, including six helicopters manned by US troops on secondment from Afghanistan.

    Confidence in the national government’s ability to cope has been shaken by the decision of the president, Asif Ali Zardari, to visit the UK and France amid the crisis.

    Floodwaters receded somewhat on Friday in the north-west, but further torrential rain in the evening and early yesterday again swelled rivers and streams. Pakistani meteorologist Farooq Dar said heavy rains in Afghanistan were expected to make things even worse into today as the swollen waters of the Kabul river flowed into the region.


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  91. Zardari Says Opponents Shouldn’t Politicize Pakistan’s Flooding Disaster

    By Paul Tighe and Khurrum Anis – Aug 8, 2010 5:32 AM

    Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari called on his opponents to avoid playing politics over the “calamity of floods” that have struck the country, submerging villages and leaving more than four million people stranded.

    The international community and political parties at home should come together to help victims of the disaster, Zardari told a meeting late yesterday in Birmingham, U.K., the official Associated Press of Pakistan reported on its website.

    Zardari has been criticized by opponents for undertaking his visit to the U.K. and France last week while Pakistan is coping with the worst floods in 80 years that have killed more than 1,500 people and left 1.8 million people needing food supplies, according to the United Nations World Food Programme.


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  92. Pakistan needs billions to recover from floods

    By SEBASTIAN ABBOT (AP) – 26 minutes ago

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan will need billions of dollars to recover from its worst floods in history, further straining a country already dependent on foreign aid to prop up its economy and back its war against Islamist militants, the U.N. said Sunday.

    The warning came as officials said at least 53 people were killed in landslides in northern Pakistan and authorities rushed to evacuate thousands of people threatened by flooding that submerged villages in the south. The new devastation added to the disaster that has affected an estimated 15 million people.

    The government has struggled to cope with the scale of the disaster, which has killed at least 1,500 people, prompting the international community to help by donating tens of millions of dollars and providing relief supplies.

    But the U.N. special envoy for the disaster, Jean-Maurice Ripert, said the need for foreign aid would be much greater going forward and could be difficult to procure given the ongoing financial crisis around the world.


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  93. International community comes to Pakistan’s rescue
    Millions in monetary aid have been donated towards flood relief as the international community continues to contribute to the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan.

    The British public donated four million pounds towards helping the relief effort for the millions of flood victims in the country. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) described the response to a TV appeal aired less than 48 hours ago as ‘fantastic’.


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  94. Fruits, vegetables import
    Saturday, August 07, 2010
    By By Shahid Shah
    KARACHI: Expecting 50 percent shortage of fruits and vegetables in the country due to floods, traders have asked the government to relax import tariffs to control prices during Ramazan.

    “Persistent rain and flood have damaged about 90 percent of vegetable crop in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa,” Abdul Wahid, Chairman All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable (Exporters, Importers and Merchants) Association (PFVA) told The News on Friday.

    “Onion crop in Balochistan has been affected, while the situation in Punjab and Sindh is also vulnerable,” Wahid added.

    He said the price increase and supply shortages have made the situation alarming, which could worsen during Ramazan. Price of tomatoes in the wholesale market nearly doubled on Thursday to Rs100 per kilogramme.

    Vegetable traders demanded duty waiver on imports, which varies between 5 to 45 percent, depending on the commodity and the country of origin.

    Presently, there is no incentive on imports from India and Iran, close neighbours of Pakistan with surplus vegetables. Duty on Irani vegetables is around 45 percent, making it all but impossible for importers as rates often escalate further, by the time it reaches the consumer.


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  95. Rains worsen Pakistan flood misery

    Torrential rains in flood-hit Pakistan have hampered aid efforts and are threatening to deepen a crisis affecting 14 million people across the country.

    Helicopters were grounded by the weather in the northwest, the hardest-hit region, while rescuers rushed to evacuate families in the poor southern farming belt of Sindh on Sunday.

    Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Hyderabad, said at least two million people have been affected in Sindh province.

    “What we are hearing from a number of aid agencies in Sindh is that a significant number of people are refusing to leave their homes out of fear that they won’t get their land back when they return,” he said.


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  96. U.S. assesses own plans after Pakistan floods

    Sun Aug 8, 2010 8:00pm IST

    By Sue Pleming

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As flood waters rise in Pakistan, so does U.S. concern over the impact of the disaster on an already fragile economy and how Washington’s robust development plan may be slowed down to deal with the crisis.

    Another source of unease, say officials and experts, is fallout from the weak response of the civilian government and to what extent the Pakistani military’s attention is being diverted from its fight against militants in the border areas with Afghanistan where U.S. troops are fighting the Taliban.

    “The financial and other implications of this will be huge and it will slow down our development efforts which are already facing gargantuan uphill battles,” said Pakistan expert Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington.

    Crops and livestock have been destroyed by the raging waters that have killed at least 1,600 people and disrupted the lives of 12 million — and more rain is forecast.


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  97. Pakistan floods continue: Your stories

    More heavy rain in Pakistan is frustrating efforts to help about 14 million people affected by severe flooding in much of the country.

    BBC News website readers living in and around the affected areas have been sharing their experiences.


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  98. The dates might be wrong but what he writes is still an eye witness account…

    Pakistan Floods: A Doctor Writes
    Farhan Safdar is a medical doctor volunteering with British medical relief charity Doctors Worldwide. He plans to update us daily with a first-hand account of the worst floods in Pakistan’s history. An estimated 4m people have been affected and 1,600 have been killed as rains threaten to deluge more homes and lives.

    Diary One. Saturday 09 August 2010

    It’s over a week since the floods in Pakistan. When the monsoon rain first stopped falling, people felt a ray of hope that they could try and rebuild their lives. Some returned back to inspect what was left of their homes and belongings. Some even managed to smile. Hope, however, is thin on the ground in Pakistan and smiles are hard to find as the monsoon rain kept falling. Exhausted, desperate and vulnerable survivors are shocked and traumatized trying to make sense of what has happened.

    I’m a British, Pakistani, fifth year medical student. I’m in Pakistan, the country of my parent’s birth, volunteering as a doctor with the UK charity Doctors Worldwide. My colleagues and I are working on setting up mobile medical clinics to provide emergency medical care to people around Nowshera.


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  99. Pakistan floods: army steps into breach as anger grows at Zardari

    President’s tour of west and perceived failure to help have damaged democracy, say analysts

    * Saeed Shah in Karachi
    * guardian.co.uk, Sunday 8 August 2010 18.57 BST
    Pakistan’s fragile democracy has been severely damaged by the government’s poor response to the worst floods in the country’s modern history and the row over President Zardari’s UK visit, while the military appears to have gained in stature with its relief work, analysts believe.

    The government’s shambolic aid efforts have contrasted with the military’s ability to deliver assistance, with the army rescuing more than 100,000 stranded people.

    Victims, many of whom have had their homes swept away, have complained bitterly about the lack of government help; its defenders say the scale of the challenge would have tested any administration.

    The flood waters arrived in Sindh province at the weekend having travelled around 600 miles south and east along the course of the River Indus. The UN today raised its forecast of the number of people affected to 6 million and said the scale of the crisis was similar to the 2005 earthquake that hit northern Pakistan.


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  100. Flood-ravaged Pakistan hit by deadly landslips
    Landslides have inundated two villages in northern Pakistan, as heavy rain continues to hamper efforts to help millions affected by flooding.

    Officials said 28 bodies had been recovered and 25 more people were missing after the landslides.

    Pakistani media reported dozens more flood-related deaths as officials admitted they were struggling to cope.


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  101. No respite in sight as more rains forecast
    By Khaleeq Kiani and Intikhab Hanif
    Monday, 09 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD / LAHORE: With water flows continuing to increase at Guddu and Sukkur, weather pundits have forecast an extended rainy spell, at times heavy, raising fears of aggravation of the ‘super flood’ in the Indus and flooding in Karachi, Hyderabad and other cities in 24 to 36 hours.

    At the same time, water flows have started rising once again at Tarbela, Nowshera, Kalabagh and Chashma in the Indus and Kabul rivers and near Punjnad, indicating that the flood situation would persist much longer than earlier predicted.

    The highest ever peak of flood moved from Skardu to Tarbela on Sunday afternoon and the Lahore-based Flood Forecasting Division expressed fears that it might cause extensive damage.

    A fresh advisory issued by the Pakistan meteorological department (PMD) in the evening forecast widespread rainfall in Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir.


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  102. D.G. Khan cut off from rest of Punjab
    By Our Reporter
    Monday, 09 Aug, 2010

    RAJANPUR: Muhammadpur Dewan, another town in Rajanpur district, was flooded on Sunday and ground links of Dera Ghazi Khan with the rest of Punjab were cut off.

    Besides the surging Indus, hill torrents from the Suleman mountains have inundated more areas in Rajanpur and D.G. Khan districts.

    The flood in the Indus damaged the Muzaffargarh-D.G. Khan road, destroying traffic between the two districts and Multan.

    At the same time, the swollen Chenab river is threatening the city of Muzaffargarh.

    Thousands of people were evacuated after flood water entered Qasba Qureshi and Ghazi Ghaat town.


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  103. Unprecedented water surge at Guddu, Sukkur barrages

    SUKKUR / HYDERABAD: The Indus ‘super flood’ has turned all estimates upside down with the pressure of water surge continuously increasing at Guddu and Sukkur barrages following heavy rains.

    About 1.148 million cusecs of water was passing through Guddu on Sunday. The flow at Sukkur upstream was recorded at 1.115 million cusecs and downstream at 1.106 million cusecs.

    Irrigation authorities cut a portion of the Ghouspur dyke which came under immense pressure after the Tori embankment breached on Saturday. The cut in the dyke is now threatening to inundate Karampur, Ghouspur and other towns and villages. Water is entering the Begari Sindh canal which may also affect Shikarpur and Jacobabad.


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  104. Flooding’s devastation in Pakistan is seen as opportunity for Taliban
    By Griff Witte
    Monday, August 9, 2010
    CHARSADDA, PAKISTAN — The slow-motion disaster underway in Pakistan as floodwaters seep into virtually every corner of the nation has devastated basic infrastructure and could open the door to a Taliban resurgence, officials here say.

    The emerging landscape in areas where the water has receded is one in which bridges, roads, schools, health clinics, power facilities and sewage systems have been ruined or seriously damaged. With swollen rivers still churning south, the destruction is spreading by the hour.

    On a visit to a newly flooded area in Pakistan’s south on Sunday, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani said the overall impact of the flooding now tops that from the 2005 Kashmir earthquake — a view echoed by international aid officials.

    Although the quake killed far more people — at least 73,000, compared with the 1,600 who have died in the floods — Gillani called the scale of physical damage “beyond imagination. . . . Our country has gone back several years.”


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  105. Pakistan flood crisis bigger than tsunami, Haiti: UN
    Monday, 09 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan could exceed the combined total in three recent megadisasters – the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake – the United Nations said Monday.

    The death toll in each of those three disasters was much higher than the 1,500 people killed so far in the floods that first hit Pakistan two weeks ago. But the Pakistani government estimates that over 13 million people have been affected – two million more than the other disasters combined.

    The comparison helps frame the scale of the crisis, which has overwhelmed the Pakistani government and has generated widespread anger from flood victims who have complained that aid is not reaching them quickly enough or at all.


    UN says Pakistan floods worse than 2004 tsunami
    By Hasan Mansoor (AFP) – 3 days ago

    SUKKUR, Pakistan — The United Nations said Monday that massive floods in Pakistan had affected 13.8 million people and eclipsed the scale of the devastating 2004 tsunami, as anger mounted among survivors.

    The Pakistani government and UN officials have appealed for more urgent relief efforts to cope with the worst floods in more than 80 years, with President Asif Ali Zardari due to return home after a heavily criticised European tour.

    The entire northwestern Swat valley, where Pakistan fought a major campaign to flush out Taliban insurgents last year, was cut off at the weekend as were parts of the country’s breadbasket in Punjab and Sindh.

    “This disaster is worse than the tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the Haiti earthquake,” Maurizio Giuliano, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told AFP.


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  106. Landslides complicate Pakistan flood relief efforts

    By Junaid Khan

    MINGORA | Mon Aug 9, 2010 9:54am EDT

    MINGORA Pakistan (Reuters) – Landslides triggered by the worst floods in Pakistan in 80 years are hampering already troubled relief efforts, with aid workers using mules or traveling on foot to reach people in desperate need of help.

    Poor weather has made it difficult for helicopters to deliver food to some parts of the Swat Valley, northwest of the capital, Islamabad, and among the areas first hit by the deluge.

    Many roads have been destroyed and landslides have added to the isolation of many areas.


    Landslides raise death toll in Pakistan
    Landslides have raised the death toll in flood-hit Pakistan, cutting off roads and hampering aid efforts as rescuers battled to beat rains exacerbating the country’s worst ever floods.
    Published: 7:59PM BST 08 Aug 2010

    Washed-out roads in Pakistan’s northwest made ground access to many of the 15 million flood victims impossible and many helicopters were unable to fly as heavy rains persisted, cutting off the entire Swat valley, officials said.

    In the far north of the country, 28 bodies were recovered from rubble after landslides in Gilgit-Baltistan province caused houses to collapse Saturday.

    Pakistan floods: disaster is the worst in the UN’s history
    The United Nations has rated the floods in Pakistan as the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history with more people affected than the South-East Asian tsunami and the recent earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti combined.
    By Neil Tweedie in Charsadda
    Published: 6:07PM BST 09 Aug 2010

    Although the current 1,600 death toll in Pakistan represents a tiny fraction of the estimated 610,000 people killed in the three previous events, some two million more people – 13.8 million – have suffered losses requiring long or short-term help.

    Maurizio Giuliano, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said: “This disaster is worse than the tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the Haiti earthquake.”

    Millions suffer as Pakistan flood disaster worsens

    Sebastian Abbot Associated Press
    ISLAMABAD—The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan could exceed 13 million — more than the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the United Nations said Monday.

    The death toll in each of those three disasters was much higher than the 1,500 people killed so far in the floods that first hit Pakistan two weeks ago. But the U.N. estimates that 13.8 million people have been affected — over 2 million more than the other disasters combined.

    The comparison helps frame the scale of the crisis, which the prime minister said Monday was the worst in Pakistan’s history. It has overwhelmed the government, generating widespread anger from flood victims who have complained that aid is not reaching them quickly enough or at all.


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  107. World should do more to help Pakistan, says US

    The United States said on Monday that the world’s response to the worst ever flood in Pakistan was not adequate and urged the international community to do more. “I am concerned that people do not see it as yet another catastrophe” that often beset Pakistan, US special representative Richard Holbrooke told a briefing in Washington. “It is a huge catastrophe.”


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  108. Politicians to seek world help for flood affectees
    By Ahmad Hassan and Shakeel Ahmed
    Tuesday, 10 Aug, 2010

    MULTAN: The government has decided to send delegations of politicians, including those from opposition, to various countries to seek financial assistance and support for flood-affected people.

    “I want to send delegations including opposition members to various countries, including Muslim states, to inform their leaders about the extent of devastation,” the prime minister told reporters here on Monday after a meeting with federal and provincial ministers and MNAs and MPAs from flood-affected districts of Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Rahimyar Khan, D.G. Khan, Rajanpur and Multan.

    Local leaders complained of lack of coordination and failure of the administration to rescue stranded people and called for supply of food and medicines.


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  109. Critical decisions ahead as barrages continue to resist
    KARACHI/KHAIRPUR/SUKKUR: The army on Monday evening took control of Sukkur Barrage in a possible effort to save major parts of Sindh from flooding by allowing for the possible breach of a side canal. The move comes after a deadlock in the Sindh government on how to deal with the situation given the uncompromising attitude of some senior members of the cabinet, sources said.
    While the Sukkur and Guddu barrages withstand the pressure of the surging floodwaters, officials have warned that a number of key dykes are cracking under the immense pressure of the flood waters. These dykes include that of Sukkur, which is reported to have already developed cracks. And as fears rise regarding the endurance levels of the Sukkur Barrage – a key structure for downstream and surrounding cities – decisions regarding deliberate breaching have come to the forefront.


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  110. Death toll from fresh rains, floods in KP reaches 50

    By Nisar Mahmood

    PESHAWAR: The death toll following the new spell of rains and floods reached 50 in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday while 48 more persons were injured, as relief activities were hampered by rain and floods in the province.

    A provincial government report confirmed 14 deaths in the Malakand Division, two each in Bannu and Lakki Marwat, 12 in Dera Ismail Khan, six in Tank, 11 in Kohat Division and three in North Waziristan. The report did not mention any death in Peshawar, Hangu and Nowshera.

    Releasing damage and destruction figures, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said 965 deaths had been confirmed, although according to the UN the figure has crossed 1,600.

    The minister said 594,000 families had been affected by the floods, raising the total number to 4.2 million. He said 880,624 people had been rendered homeless while 103,283 houses had been destroyed and 67,645 partially damaged.


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  111. Fading faith in our humanity
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is a nation divided into many races, castes, creeds and classes. Yet, whenever a calamity hits the country, we become united in our empathy.
    The devastating earthquake which hit the northern parts of the county in 2005 is one of the examples of this humanitarian support
    Now that the country is facing one of its worst floods ever, the spirit of volunteerism is once again direly needed.
    For this purpose, relief camps have been established at every nook and corner of the capital for collecting goods to help flood victims. However, the transparency of many of these camps leaves a question mark.
    Mobashir Rabbani, a philanthropist, told the Express Tribune that contributions were not as large scale this time around. “After the 2005 earthquake, people have lost trust in making contributions through non-governmental organisations,” he said. He felt that a lot of bogus organisations had been cheating people out of their money in the name of flood relief.

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  112. Our moment of truth
    KARACHI: As the furious floods swell, rage and foam – threatening to wipe out the existence an infinite number of villages, the inability to measure the scale of disaster is worrisome as is the attending confusion.
    One day, we hear a government functionary saying the worst is behind us. The next day we are told to brace for the unpredictable. The trail of misery left by raging torrents is exacerbated by the slow and inadequate response to the tragedy.
    Public anger at our president’s ill-timed visit to the UK was summed up by the Birmingham episode because people thought he should have stayed back in this moment of crisis. Not that he has a magic wand by the flourishing of which the nation’s troubles would have been wished away.


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  113. Pakistan fails to get foreign aid in cash for flood victims
    Tuesday, August 10, 2010
    By Mehtab Haider

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has not received even a single penny from multilateral and bilateral donors in shape of hard cash for providing emergency assistance to the worst-ever flood affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and the Punjab, it is learnt.

    Although, Pakistan has so far remained unable to generate foreign assistance in the shape of hard cash but Islamabad is going to request the United Nations for flash appeal of $400 million to $500 million for helping authorities to undertake relief phase for the flood-affected areas in the next couple of days.

    Out of total commitment of $94.8 million from all donors for providing emergency rescue and relief efforts in the flood-hit areas, Islamabad has got assistance in the shape of goods and services only and no hard cash is so far available to the PPP-led regime due to a variety of reasons, including trust deficit being cited as major impediment in the way of receiving money.

    According to assessment done by UN, the number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan could exceed the combined total in three recent mega disasters — the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. It further stated that Pakistan would require billions of dollars to undertake relief and reconstruction of flood-affected areas.


    As Pakistanis flee flood zone, officials decry shortage of international aid
    By Griff Witte
    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Hundreds of thousands of people fled an ever-expanding flood zone Tuesday as Pakistan’s leaders called for a greater international response to what they say is the worst natural disaster in the country’s history.

    With rain continuing and rivers surging, authorities were closely watching several key dams that are at or near capacity. The Sukkur dam in the southern province of Sindh was considered especially vulnerable; a breach could unleash a torrent that would wipe out towns and villages.

    As the floods bore down, people were on the move, traveling by car, donkey and on foot to escape the danger zone. The evacuations included areas of Hyderabad, a city of 1.6 million people that is in the floodwater’s path.


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  114. UN chief calls for generous support for Pakistan
    By Masood Haider
    Tuesday, 10 Aug, 2010

    UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called upon the international community on Monday to generously support Pakistan “at this difficult time”. He said: “This disaster rivals that of the earthquake in October 2005, but this time the geographic range is much greater.”

    Mr Ban said the United Nations would “soon issue an Emergency Response Plan and an appeal for several hundred million dollars to respond to immediate needs”.

    “But let me stress now that we must also give thought to medium- and longer-term assistance. This will be a major and protracted task,” he said at a press conference.


    10 August 2010 Last updated at 06:15 GMT
    UN to launch Pakistan flood appeal

    The UN is to launch an appeal to help Pakistan tackle the country’s worst flooding in 80 years.

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued an urgent plea for donors to “generously support Pakistan at this difficult time”.

    A UN official said the disaster had now affected nearly 14 million people – eclipsing the scale of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

    At least 1,600 people are known to have died so far in Pakistan.

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  115. my editorial for RTI Pakistan – Tuesday, 8/10/10

    Floods – what can we do as citizens of Pakistan?

    Yesterday a friend of mine came up to me – her friend is taking a truck with provisions and water to the flood victims apparently. She wanted me to offer the guy a check as my contribution.

    I told her I am only donating to Edhi’s charity for the flood victims. He’s the only one I trust in this country to do the job honestly. He is the first one there in every emergency in Pakistan. Even this time. He has built in the necessary infrastructure over the years to deliver help – an army of staff and transport services. (The foreign press is very worried about Falah-e-insaniat, an organization with “ties to Jamat-ud-Dawa, an Islamic charity led by the founder of the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba” in other words, a front for LeT. They were supposed to be the first ones to mobilize their humanitarian relief effort in an obscure and hard to reach places- they set up 13 relief camps in KP according to the press, they all seemed very concerned that these guys might be able to win the hearts and the minds of people) – However, this is factually not correct – Edhi was the first NGO to respond in KP apart from the army and the government.

    Besides, who cares where the help is coming from? Everyone should help if they are in a position to help – even the militants. They have no quarrel with the flood victims or do they? We should all put aside our differences and get on with the job of helping the unfortunate. Even MQM. The politicians should all mobilize and stand behind the Pak Army/Government and the UN. This is not the time to start new quarrels!

    Although, it’s commendable that Pak citizens are getting together to donate edible items, bottled water and various other items to the flood victims and are even planning to deliver the goods themselves. I am not sure if this is a good idea though…how are they going to deliver the goods? The roads are blocked by flood waters. There is no infrastructure – no road network or bridges. The only way is if you fly to the rescue or go by boats. The government should create points in various cities where citizens can drop their contribution in goods. Some citizens might not have cash but they might have spare goods that they can deliver.

    In fact, the government should actually appoint an independent third party to administrate the funds and cash donations that are coming in– maybe the UN – they are after all trained and know how to organize and administrate. A special account should be set up for flood victims and administered by the UN. Most Pakistanis do not trust obscure charities, or even government officials to do the job properly. Corruption is rampant. I know, even in the past, (2005 earthquake) I didn’t donate to President or Prime Minister’s relief funds – instead I donated my contribution in cash and goods to Edhi.

    Food and Beverages’ corporations should also come forward. There are at least 50 bottled water companies in Pakistan for example. They should all donate a couple of days’ stock to the government/UN. Other companies that manufacture items like tents, edible long shelf food stuffs etc. should also contribute their leftover, spare stocks.

    The government needs to mobilize its resources including its citizens. Letting them run half cocked with their own trucks will only hamper the rescue effort and cause more disruption. Besides, the food and water might not get to the real needy folk anyway. Think of the waste!


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  116. Costs of floods
    Dawn Editorial
    Tuesday, 10 Aug, 2010

    The enormous destruction of the economic and social infrastructure by floods over the last few weeks has set the country back by many years. The exact costs will not be known for some time but the losses are estimated to have already far exceeded the damage done by the 2005 earthquake. The United Nations says Pakistan requires millions of dollars for rescue and relief operations and billions for reconstruction of the flood-hit infrastructure. The scale of destruction is feared to jeopardise Pakistan’s ability to salvage its fragile economy for many years to come and weaken its capacity to tackle key challenges, including poverty alleviation and the threat of militancy.

    The cash-starved government needs immediate and generous international support to undertake relief and reconstruction efforts and avoid budgetary strains. The global response to the catastrophe is a lot slower compared to the relief efforts for the earthquake victims five years ago. The assistance some countries have promised so far is far from adequate and can hardly help the West, particularly Washington and London, to win the hearts and minds of the people of Pakistan.


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  117. Muzaffargarh town gives a haunted look
    MUZAFFARGARH: Troops and irrigation officials are trying hard to save Muzaffargarh town by plugging breaches in the Tulhairy branch canal, but the situation will remain critical till Thursday, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Farasat Iqbal said on Tuesday.

    An irrigation official said a fresh flood of 750,000 cusecs in the Indus was likely to hit the already inundated areas of Kot Addu, Sanawan, Gurmani and Qasba Gujrat.

    Almost the entire Kot Addu tehsil is under water.

    Muzaffargarh looks like a haunted town as most of its inhabitants have migrated. The district administration had ordered evacuation of the town on Monday morning, forcing about 750,000 residents, including over 300,000 displaced people, to leave because of looming floods in the Chenab and breaches in the canal.

    The flow of the Chenab is still increasing. The DCO said all dykes protecting the town were being monitored.


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  118. Opposition slams govt for slow response
    SWAT: The government has been under fire for its “slow response” to the flood tragedy, with opposition parties saying that the government has failed to provide relief to hundreds of thousands of people affected by the worst disaster in the country’s living history.
    “President Asif Zardari and ANP chief Asfandyar Wali are busy holidaying while hundreds of thousands of people are suffering in the country,” said Engineer Amir Muqam, the chief of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter of the Q-League. “The central government as well as the ANP-led government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have failed to respond to the disaster,” he told journalists in Mingora. He alleged that the government was not utilising international aid for alleviating sufferings of flood survivors. “The corrupt and incompetent rulers have failed to restore electricity supply to the districts of Swat and Shangla, where no relief activities have been started thus far,” he alleged.


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  119. NGOs feel ‘faith deficit’ with UN agencies
    SUKKUR: Local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) appeared less than happy at the end of the meeting with the United Nations (UN) agencies on Tuesday.
    Organisations including the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Unicef, World Food Programme, UNAIDs and government representatives from the national disaster management authority (NDMA) met with NGOs and members of civil society in Sukkur’s Institute of Business Administration to discuss relief efforts for flood victims in the region.
    Representatives of the agencies told participants that they were not willing to rely on the data already collected by the local administration and other organisations. They wished to start the process of getting information on the flood-affected areas and displaced people anew and hoped that the local NGOs would help them out in this effort.


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  120. Floods lead to large power shortfalls
    ISLAMABAD: The overall electricity shortfall in the country increased to a staggering 4,301 megawatts on Tuesday as flash floods led to the closure of several power plants.
    Gas supply to around eight power plants was also suspended and the country currently is facing unscheduled power outages.
    Power generation has dropped to 11,859 megawatts whereas demand stands at 16,160 megawatts, while Pepco officials said 680 megawatts are being supplied to the KESC.
    Electricity generation from hydal power plants is 6,011 megawatts, thermal is 1,268 megawatts, IPPs 4,480 megawatts and rental power projects are producing 100 megawatts.


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  121. Several villages inundated after breaches in canals
    By Wasim Shamsi and Mohammad Hussain Khan
    Wednesday, 11 Aug, 2010

    UKKUR / HYDERABAD: More breaches developed in Begari canal on Tuesday, inundating a number of villages, but Karampur town remained safe. Irrigation sources said the water level at Sukkur Barrage would start falling on Tuesday midnight.

    Five people, a woman among them, were killed in flood-related incidents in Ghouspur, Karampur and Kashmore.

    Fear gripped Sukkur following rumours of breaches in embankments and collapse of Bunder wall on Tuesday. Army personnel and local people are repairing cracks in Bunder wall. Water overflowing from the dyke is accumulating on road.

    Hundreds of flood-affected families in Jacobabad, Kashmore and Shikarpur districts are reaching Sukkur. The district administration has set up shelters near the new bus terminal and off Sukkur bypass. Tents, food, drinking water and medicines are being provided to the displaced people.


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  122. Hundreds marooned in Balochistan due to flooding
    By Saleem Shahid
    Wednesday, 11 Aug, 2010

    QUETTA: Hundreds of people, women and children among them, were marooned in Bala Nari area of Bolan district after Nari River burst its banks at several points because of flooding triggered by torrential rains in Harnai and Ziarat areas on Tuesday.

    People of the area have called for immediate rescue efforts by the army to save families in Ari town as floodwater was rising rapidly, posing a serious threat to other villages in the next 24 hours. The people have taken refuge at rooftops of their houses and waiting for their rescue.

    Loralai, Harnai, Ziarat and some other areas received rainfall on Monday night and flooding in different areas left six people dead.


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  123. Spell of torrential rain ends in the country

    LAHORE: The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) has announced cessation of torrential rains which triggered a second wave of flood in the Indus.

    The second wave was of less magnitude than the first which was passing through the Sukkur barrage on Tuesday, causing widespread damage to property and human misery in Sindh.

    The second flood is likely to cause more human misery and destruction to property and crops on its way to the Arabian Sea because it would spill over to the areas already affected by the first wave.


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  124. Six million Pakistani flood victims need aid to survive: UN

    GENEVA (updated on: August 10, 2010, 18:31 PST): The UN said on Tuesday that aid for Pakistan’s flood victims would focus on the survival needs of six million people, as it prepared to ramp up the relief effort with an international appeal for funds.

    “We are focusing for now on six million people who are in need of direct humanitarian assistance, meaning that they need it to survive,” said Elisabeth Byrs, a spokeswoman for the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

    Byrs said the figure of 14 million affected was a broader measure given by Pakistani authorities that included the direct and indirect impact of the country’s worst flooding for living memory, extending from the homeless to longer term damage such as crop losses or loss of earnings.

    UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes will launch the international appeal for funds in New York on Wednesday, along with Pakistani officials, Byrs said.

    She told AFP that the number of victims targeted by the appeal had yet to be finalised.

    Six million need food now: UN
    ISLAMABAD (August 13 2010): With looming food crisis, immediate food assistance will be required for the survival of up to six million people across the country, requiring $150.5 million, while $5.7 million will be needed to ensure the survival of livestock, said Martin Mogwanja, UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Pakistan.

    He said this while addressing a press conference along with the senior officials of the United Nations and its partners, involved in the response on the Pakistan Initial Floods Emergency Response Plan (PIFERP) Thursday.

    World community extends $94.81 million aid
    ISLAMABAD (August 11 2010): The international community has extended $94.81 million assistance to Pakistan so far. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), total cash/kind assistance, as of August 9, UN/INGO was $22.59 million, $62.22 million is kind/grant whereas $10 million is loan. NDMA has provided the following official figures:

    US-$10.00 million – 450,000 Halal food packets being dropped by helicopters; UN-$10.00 million; UK-$10.00 million; Australia-$9.08 million ; China-$1.47 million, in kind (90 tons) – water filtration equipment and medicines (30 tons), generators and tents etc (60 tons); EU-$10.00 million, further details are being sought; DFID-$10.00 million for bridges in KP and FATA; Germany-$1.27 million, in kind – tents, blankets, potable water and food aid; Netherlands-$1.3 million, through IFRC; Denmark-$2.08 million, through IFRC and Danish NGOs; World Bank $0.3 million – committed to provide boats worth $0.2 m and $0.1 m for starting DNA process; Japan-$3.23 million – Japan government has decided to provide relief goods worth $0.23 m and emergency grant assistance of $3. 0 million to provide relief goods through int. org;

    Damage assessment: government decides to involve World Bank, ADB
    ISLAMABAD (August 10 2010): The federal government has decided to involve the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for credible and authentic flood damage assessment, official sources told Business Recorder here on Monday. International agencies, including World Bank and the ADB, were engaged in a ‘needs assessment’ in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake on 12 October 2005.

    However, all pledges made at the time were not disbursed, and the Erra (Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority) has still not been able to complete the work. Finance Division and Planning Division have also been directed to jointly work out measures required to provide immediate assistance to the flood affectees from domestic resources, pending arrival of foreign assistance, sources added.


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  125. Managing the disaster managers
    One often wonders how a country run by a bunch of total lunatics can be expected to perform a reasonable job when confronted with a natural disaster. It may be a harsh generalisation, but Pakistan suffers far more seriously at the hands of bureaucratic pencil-pushers during natural disasters, while millions of Good Samaritans chip in to provide relief in a far more organised and generous way than the very people they have voted into power.
    In recent times, we have had our fair share of natural and man-made disasters and each has left a lasting scar. By the grace of God we have somehow managed to pull through, but I often wonder if we had been better prepared would we have been able to save even one more life from the hundreds that lay at our feet?


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  126. Help for flood-affected people
    Under the umbrella of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture there is a Department of Plant Protection which has an aviation division, having a fleet of Havilland Canadian DHC-2 Beaver aircraft’. These aircraft have short takeoff and landing capability. Beavers were designed for flight in rugged and remote areas which makes them ideal for operating on unconventional landing strips.

    The department is almost non-functional and redundant; however, all efforts are made to keep these aircraft in airworthy condition.


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  127. Floods show threat from warmer world: scientists
    SINGAPORE (August 11 2010): Floods that have devastated Pakistan could be a sign of the future as climate change brings greater extremes of weather to the region. While climate scientists say single flooding events can’t be directly blamed on global warming, more intense droughts and floods could be in the forecast for the future.

    And for Pakistan’s 160 million people, many already facing regular droughts and floods, that could cost more lives and threaten cotton, wheat and rice crops and infrastructure. It could also add to the security challenges in what is already one of the world’s poorest and volatile nations that is battling Islamic militancy. The government has been heavily criticised over its poor response to the crisis.

    Scientists say Pakistan could also suffer in the long-term from declining amounts of meltwater from glaciers feeding the Indus River, which is nation’s life-blood. For the current floods, rainfall of about 400 millimetres (16 inches) in mountainous areas in the far north of Pakistan and adjoining parts of Afghanistan between July 28 and 29 triggered a torrent of water down the Indus and Kabul Rivers.


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  128. My editorial for RTI Pakistan, 8/11/2010…

    Clean up and damage assessment
    May be we can fix mistakes as we rebuild?

    The rains appear to be easing according to a Dawn News report dated August 11, 2010, “The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) has announced cessation of torrential rains which triggered a second wave of flood in the Indus.”

    Phase one (already in progress) of disaster relief management involves saving lives and rescuing the flood victims, arranging food, shelter, healthcare and support of communities in resettlement. Several countries have sent cash and material assistance. Pak citizens and local NGOs need to do their bit. Phase two of the operations involve damage assessment and plans for rebuilding. Initial reports have already come in.

    According to UN, as reported by Business Recorder, The flood has wiped out thousands of villages affecting 13.8 million with death and destruction. The flood has damaged 300,000 houses, rendering 8 million people homeless in Punjab, 4.7 million in Khyber Paktunkhwa (KP) and 1.1 million in Sindh. After initial ‘need assessment’ survey to help plan early recovery in co-ordination with the government of Pakistan, Jean-Maurice Ripert, special Envoy of the UN Secretary General said that ‘medium’ and ‘long-term’ plans will be evolved to put damaged infrastructure in place.

    As I was reading today, I noticed the following suggestion from Zain Daudpoto, Qasimabad, Hyderabad who had written a letter to the editor, Dawn News as follows:

    “Flood in the Indus River actually means inundation of the riverine area resulting in rehabilitation of the deforested area and improvement of the damaged forest cover. The riverine area of the Indus means natural forests. The Indus through the floods inundates the forests by virtue of a natural system. So the forests provide resistance for protecting the non-riverine areas from the destruction of floodwater.

    We have changed the flood in the Indus into a disaster by cutting 617,545 acres of riverine forests of Sindh. In the past after experiencing shortage of water in the Indus, the natural system of rehabilitating the riverine forests was suspended and deforestation in the name of an operation against dacoits damaged forest covers. The agro-forestry policy 2004 introduced for the rehabilitation of the forests proved a deforestation policy because of political maneuverings and corruption in the forest department. The government spent billions of rupees on plantation funded by various international institutions but failed to achieve any results. No forestry cover has been raised to date.

    This year after a lapse of 25 years nature has provided an opportunity to rehabilitate the riverine forests through a natural system of flood. This high line flood would inundate the entire riverine area and the government along with the forest department may rehabilitate over 6 lac acres of forest cover at a minimum cost which would in turn provide security to the non-riverine areas. We demand the following of the government:

    All the riverine forest area must be declared a protected region for agricultural purposes.

    All the riverine area should be rehabilitated by reseeding before the influential people cultivate the forest land.

    All the leases should be cancelled immediately.”


    Are you connecting the dots here? Daudpoto has a point.

    When we rebuild, maybe, we can rebuild smarter? It would be great if we don’t repeat the same mistakes we made before the floods? As God says in the Quran, “So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief,” 30, 94:05-06 Yusuf Ali Translation.

    As a nation maybe we should not worry about the enormity of the task ahead, or get bogged down by self-pity, or see difficulty in every opportunity, we should worry about doing it right this time. What do you think?

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  129. Parts of Sindh, Punjab on alert as fresh flood warning issued
    SUKKUR: Pakistan issued fresh flood warnings on Wednesday, putting parts of Punjab and Sindh on alert and calling on foreign donors to step up to contain the country’s worst humanitarian disaster.

    The United Nations was to launch an international appeal in New York, calling for hundreds of millions of dollars to provide urgent assistance to six million people it says now depend on aid for survival.

    Pakistan’s government has admitted being unable to cope with the scale of the crisis and an outpouring of rage from survivors and the political opposition is compounding pressure on President Asif Ali Zardari.


    U.N. warns of second wave of Pakistani flood deaths

    By Faisal Aziz

    SUKKUR | Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:18pm EDT

    SUKKUR Pakistan (Reuters) – The United Nations appealed on Wednesday for $459 million in aid for flood-hit Pakistan, warning of a second wave of death among sick, hungry survivors unless help arrived quickly.

    Roiling floods triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rain have scoured Pakistan’s Indus river basin, killing more than 1,600 people, forcing 2 million from their homes and disrupting the lives of about 14 million people, or 8 percent of the population.

    President Asif Ali Zardari, whose government has come in for harsh criticism for its perceived sluggish response to the disaster, defended a decision to travel abroad as the floods began, saying he helped focus international attention on the plight of the victims.

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  130. Recommendations for flood relief
    by Marvi Memon

    Based on a road trek of flood-hit areas across Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and on a fundraising trip to New York and Houston financed by the Pakistan League of America, I have some recommendations for the government. Even though the last set of recommendations sent to the prime minister were not acted upon, I am still suggesting some more in the hope that this time he will
    take heed:


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  131. My editorial for RTI Pakistan…August 12, 2010

    A memo to the senior politicians – DO MORE!
    Deplorable lack of leadership – the country needs some action now!

    We all understand the floods are an unprecedented catastrophe for Pakistan. We also understand that the government was not expecting such a huge deluge of water from the heavens. We also understand that we do not have systems in place to cope with so many fires all at once (read- floods in all five provinces – KP, Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh and GB). We also understand the government doesn’t have any firefighters (read: leaders) around to put out the fires quickly (read: organize the rescue, food, shelter and medical assistance for the people) except the army, local NGOs and the UN. We also understand they are hampered by lack of resources to cope with this crisis (read: helicopters and boats, food, shelter and medical assistance). What we don’t understand is the current attitude of our senior politicians.

    We are frankly appalled at the lack of leadership displayed by all our senior politicians of Pakistan – all of them including the ones who are quite vocal in their criticism. They should all be part of the solution, not part of the problem right now. If they don’t have the necessary active listening skills – they should quickly acquire them. It shouldn’t matter where the help is coming from – opposition, government or some obscure NGO. They should all be organized under one central command and given tasks to handle and achieve.

    We as citizens of Pakistan do not appreciate our so called leadership sitting around in talk shows, starting new quarrels instead of rallying around and mobilizing the nation to respond to this current crisis. http://www.awaztoday.com/playvideo.asp?pageId=10090

    It’s time to get organized. We have bigger problems! Post floods – what are they going to do when the dust settles and the damage becomes more apparent? Ask for more loans and just hock the nation up to their eyeballs for the whole coming century, while they secretly siphon off the coming funds into their own pet projects and spending sprees? Lack of money is not the problem here. It’s lack of leadership.

    This can’t go on. If each successive civilian government has to rely on the army for leadership in times of crisis every time – they have no leg to stand on when army comes in and takes over! There is no such thing as a vacuum, it gets filled each time. If the politicians don’t fill this vacuum someone else will. The foreign media is worried, it might be the militants. I am worried it might be the Pakistani citizens in a fit of rage. We don’t need more anarchy and chaos. We need leadership!

    Wake up and smell the coffee please!


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  132. Lightning, flood kill 46 in Gilgit-Baltistan
    By Farooq Ahmed
    Thursday, 12 Aug, 2010

    GILGIT: Forty-six people were killed and 30 injured by lightning and flash floods in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan, officials told Dawn on Wednesday. Ten people are missing.

    The officials said lightning struck Gais Bala, about 25km south of Chilas, on Wednesday, killing 35 people who had left their flood-ravaged village and taken refuge on a hill two days ago.


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  133. Another massive flood rears its head
    Dawn Report
    Thursday, 12 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD / LAHORE: Another peak flood of up to 1.05 million cusecs may hit the Guddu, Sukkur and Chashma barrages this weekend and further inundate four districts in Punjab and eight in Sindh. The warning was issued after ‘exceptionally high’ floods developed upstream in the Indus and Chenab rivers.

    Authorities said the Indus was in ‘very high’ flood at the Chashma barrage where flows crossed 803,575 cusecs on Wednesday evening.

    The Taunsa barrage is receiving 750,000 cusecs and the Trimmu barrage on the Chenab 326,000 cusecs.

    The ‘exceptionally high flood’ carrying cumulative flows in excess of 1.05 million cusecs from Taunsa and Trimmu may reach Guddu in two to three days.


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  134. Breaches threatening Muzaffargarh plugged
    By Malik Tahseen Raza
    Thursday, 12 Aug, 2010

    MUZAFFARGARH: Officials of the army, irrigation department and National Highways Authority succeeded in plugging all breaches in the Tulhairy branch canal which had threatened Muzaffargarh.

    Dykes and spurs protecting Muzaffargarh from the swollen Chenab appear to have survived the 300,000 cusecs flood. About 100,000 people taking shelters on tombs along Mahmood Kot and Muzaffargarh-Dera Ghazi Khan roads are in face of a starve-like situation.


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  135. Flood damage to Pakistan crops costs billions, says UN
    ISLAMABAD: The flood recovery costs for Pakistan’s vital agriculture sector and farmers could be in the billions of dollars, said the spokesman for UN humanitarian operations on Thursday.

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  136. Lightning, flood kill 46 in Gilgit-Baltistan

    GILGIT: Forty-six people were killed and 30 injured by lightning and flash floods in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan, officials told Dawn on Wednesday. Ten people are missing.

    The officials said lightning struck Gais Bala, about 25km south of Chilas, on Wednesday, killing 35 people who had left their flood-ravaged village and taken refuge on a hill two days ago.

    Police chief Ali Sher said the village was cut off after a suspension bridge linking it with Karakoram Highway was destroyed by the Indus surge.


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  137. Massive price hike greets Ramazan in Karachi
    By Aamir Shafaat Khan
    Thursday, 12 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: Prices of many commodities that remain in high demand in Ramazan have almost doubled as compared to their rates last year in same month, Dawn has learnt.

    The city government issued an incomplete price list on Wednesday as it failed to accomplish the task of ensuring a curb on profiteering, hoarding and overcharging.

    Ironically, sugar, ghee, cooking oil, wheat flour and fresh milk appeared to be missing from the city government price list, although all these items are essential for Ramazan-specific recipes.


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  138. Govt may change economic priorities
    By Khaleeq Kiani and Ahmad Hassan
    Thursday, 12 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Faced with a natural calamity of unprecedented magnitude, the government is considering reprioritising economic measures envisaged in the current year’s budget to meet additional expenditures to be incurred to cope with the devastation wreaked by the flood.

    “Budget might have to be reprioritised because of damage caused by heavy rains and floods,” said an official statement issued after a presentation by economic managers to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani here on Wednesday.


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  139. UN seeks 460 million dollars for flood-hit Pakistan
    Wednesday, 11 Aug, 2010

    UNITED NATIONS: Outgoing UN humanitarian chief John Holmes on Wednesday appealed for 460 million dollars in emergency aid for millions of people reeling from Pakistan’s catastrophic floods.

    “We have a huge task in front of us to deliver all that is required as soon as possible,” he told donors, stressing that the appeal would be revised within 30 days to reflect assessed needs.

    Pakistan says 14 million people are facing direct or indirect harm, while the United Nations has warned that children are among the most vulnerable victims, with diarrhoea the biggest health threat and measles a concern.


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  140. Donors assured of transparent funds distribution
    ISLAMABAD (August 12 2010): Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Finance, has assured the donors that the assistance received from them would be expended in a fair and transparent manner. The minister met here on Wednesday with the Ambassadors and representatives of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, European Union, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.


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  141. One-time levy on the cards
    ISLAMABAD (August 12 2010): The Federal Board of Revenue is working on the possibility to impose surcharge as one-time levy to generate additional funds for early recovery and rehabilitation of people affected by floods, it is learnt here on Wednesday. The FBR has started an exercise to analyse the revenue impact of different rates of surcharge on various sectors.

    The preliminary analysis is being carried out to ascertain the revenue impact of surcharge on the direct taxes side. If the government imposes any kind of surcharge, it may not be applicable on indirect taxes as the burden of indirect taxes would be passed on to the consumers.


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  142. Comment: Let’s stay on topic, please!
    Can’t we even get through a national emergency without flinging dirt on each other, staging a few “sit-ins”, bungling photo ops and blaming each other for not doing enough? It makes me nauseous sometimes to see how the most important issues tend to get buried under the silliest little squabbles that we are so good at sparking.
    I’m often reminded of one of the largest suicide bombings in Pakistan, the one in Mohmand that left more than 100 people dead. Rescuers were still sifting through the rubble for signs of survivors and the final death toll had not even come in when the Punjab Assembly passed that ridiculous resolution criticising the media, sparking one of the stupidest squabbles ever to be aired in this country. One had to weave past all the headlines coming out of that idiotic little standoff to get to the real news of the day: the facts surrounding the bombing of the PA’s office in Mohmand, and an accompanying blast in a nearby market.


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  143. Lend a helping hand
    BY SANA SALEEM ON 08 10TH, 2010 | COMMENTS (21)
    “It would have been better if we had died in the floods as our current miserable life is much more painful,” said Ahmed who fled with his family from the town of Shikarpur and spent the night shivering in the rain that has continued to lash the country.”

    “It looks like the number of people affected in this crisis is higher than the Haiti earthquake, the tsunami or the Pakistan earthquake, and if the toll is as high as the one given by the government, it’s higher than the three of them combined,” Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told The Associated Press.

    For the past couple of weeks, I have been looking at images from the flood-affected areas; pictures of men and women carrying their children on their shoulders as they make their way in waist-deep water, carrying what little is left of their family and home with uncertainty. Then there are images of rescue helicopters dropping food items as a people vie to grab the food items for their families, fear, anger and uncertainty apparent on the faces of many. Over the years only faces have changed, from the internally displaced placed people of Swat to the flood survivors from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the only constant is devastation.

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  144. Floods damage Pakistan’s wheat, cotton, sugar crops
    ISLAMABAD: Floods in Pakistan have destroyed about 500,000 tonnes of wheat, meaning a smaller surplus for the country this year, and also hit sugar and cotton supplies, agriculture officials said on Thursday.

    Flooding, which began two weeks ago on heavy rains, has also destroyed up to two million bales of cotton, industry officials said. Pakistan’s output of refined sugar could also fall by 500,000 tonnes because of damage to the crop from the floods, a farmer association said.

    The floods have scoured Pakistan’s Indus river basin, killing more than 1,600 people, forcing two million from their homes and disrupting the lives of about 14 million people, or eight per cent of the population.


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  145. UN launches $459m aid appeal
    UNITED NATIONS – The UN Wednesday appealed for $459 million in aid for Pakistan after floods devastated large areas of the country, making it a catastrophe that is bigger than the combined effect of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and the 2005 Kashmir and 2010 Haiti earthquakes.
    The appeal was launched by UN humanitarian chief John Holmes at a meeting at UN headquarters and would cover a 90-day period of immediate relief for millions of people affected by the floods that have cut a swathe through the country, killing hundreds of people and destroying homes, farmland and major infrastructure.


    U.N. Seeks $460 Million in Flood Aid for Pakistan
    Published: August 11, 2010
    UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations appealed on Wednesday for donations of nearly a half billion dollars to aid flood victims in Pakistan as the magnitude of the disaster widened, with about one-fifth of the country submerged and the annual monsoon season still potent.

    “The scale of the disaster is huge; the needs of the people affected are huge,” said John Holmes, the humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations, as he announced the appeal for $460 million. Donors had already pledged $150 million before the appeal was announced.

    The money would help meet the immediate needs of an estimated 14 million people who have been affected in some way by the flooding, Mr. Holmes said, with 6 million needing humanitarian assistance like shelter, food, clean water and emergency health care. The United Nations, responding to the physical difficulty of navigating the flooded areas, has resorted to methods as varied as helicopters and donkeys to deliver aid, he said.


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  146. Pakistan floods 2010: the way forward

    EDITORIAL (August 12 2010): Given the biblical proportions of the flood now ravaging the country, it may be unrealistic, at least for the present, to get bogged down in apportioning culpability as to why so easily the dykes gave in and bridges were washed away. We should accept that it is Nature’s fury that has struck with unprecedented ferocity, like the 2005 earthquake, or the 1970 cyclone which devastated the erstwhile East Pakistan – though with dissimilar fallouts.

    How we respond to this challenge would have critical consequences; while the earthquake strengthened national unity, the cyclone rent asunder the country, as the then president, General Yahya Khan, rejected local leadership’s pleadings to stay on to oversee rescue and relief work. Therefore, in the very beginning of this write-up, we would like to acknowledge the fact that a calamity of this scale has the latent potential to fritter away unity of mind and action. May be, some are better equipped than others and deliver more effectively, but this disparity should not be seen as a lack of will and determination and thus allowed to undermine the cause of national unity.


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  147. Outsourcing need assessment
    EDITORIAL (August 12 2010): The Cabinet, it has been reported, has decided to request the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to undertake a needs assessment of the flood damage to ensure credible and authentic statistics that maybe more acceptable to the international community.

    This was considered imperative in the light of the Prime Minister’s plea to the international community, seeking assistance for a disaster whose scale has been defined as greater than the tsunami, as well as the earthquake. The decision, seeking international agencies to carry out a needs assessment, was also almost certainly an outcome of growing concerns, domestically and internationally, that poor governance remains a major stumbling block to aid effectiveness in this country. It is indeed a sad state of affairs that the major victims, due to the floods, the vulnerable, are being indirectly penalised by the world community for the numerous scams that have been the hallmark of the present government.

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  148. Pakistan floods — a timeline
    Thursday, 12 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Here is a timeline of events since devastating floods hit Pakistan on July 29, killing an estimated 1,600 people in two weeks, according to the United Nations.

    – July 29: Flash floods and landslides caused by monsoon rains hit northwestern Pakistan and Pakistani-administered Kashmir as the country mourns its worst aviation disaster, which killed 152 people in Islamabad.

    – July 31: Local authorities say the floods have killed at least 800. The deluge kills another 65 people in mountains across the border in Afghanistan.

    – August 2: The UN says that nearly 980,000 people have been left homeless or have been displaced.

    – The Red Cross appeals for aid.

    – August 4: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani calls on his administration to speed up the delivery of aid. There is a growing backlash against the civilian government and President Asif Ali Zardari over failures to provide food, water and sanitation to the victims.

    – August 5: The UN estimates that the flooding has killed 1,600 people in northwestern Pakistan alone.

    – Numerous cases of diarrhoea.

    – The UN says it has received 18 million dollars of international aid.

    – August 6: Pakistan declares a red alert as the flooding worsens, reaching the south and leading to the evacuation of half a million people.

    – The floods have affected 12 million people in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, the National Disaster Management Agency says.

    – August 7: In the south, notably in the densely populated province of Sindh, a million people are evacuated, bringing to 15 million the number affected across the country according to the local authorities.

    – August 8: Landslides in Gilgit-Baltistan province in the far north.

    – Gilani visits flood-hit areas of Sindh province, calling again for international aid.

    – August 9: Around 13.8 million people have been affected by the floods in Pakistan, making the scale of the disaster worse than the 2004 tsunami, 2005 earthquake in Kashmir and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, a UN official says.

    – August 10: Six million people need humanitarian aid in order to survive, according to the UN.

    – Zardari returns to Pakistan, after a European tour for which he was criticised.

    – August 11: The UN appeals for 460 million dollars in emergency aid for flood victims.

    – A senior UN envoy warns that militants could exploit Pakistan’s worst humanitarian disaster.

    – The United States triples the number of helicopters helping Pakistan’s flood relief effort.


    Pakistani president tries to comfort flood victims

    By Faisal Aziz

    SUKKUR | Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:46am EDT

    SUKKUR Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari tried to comfort victims of devastating floods on Thursday on his first visit to the area after criticism of his trips abroad and his government’s perceived slack response.

    The floods, triggered by torrential monsoon downpours, have swamped Pakistan’s Indus river basin, killing more than 1,600 people, forcing two million from their homes and disrupting the lives of about 14 million people, or 8 percent of the population.

    The deluge, which began two weeks ago, has caused extensive damage to the country’s main crops, agriculture officials said, after the United Nations appealed for $459 million in emergency aid and warned of a wave of deaths if help failed to arrive.


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  149. today’s entry in the concerned citizen’s diary…RTI Editorial August 13, 2010

    Are we lacking in our humanity?
    Don’t we want to help the less fortunate than us?

    Most anchors on talk shows are lamenting the fact that the citizens of Pakistan have not responded to the current crisis (floods) with the same zeal as they did in the past for the earthquake (2005).

    Are we lacking in our basic humanity this time? Do you think the images flashing on our television screens, or the photographs and raw footage videos on Youtube are not impacting our conscience or our wallets? Is there something wrong with Pakistanis now? Have we become totally insensitive to the plight of our fellow human beings who were less fortunate than us? I don’t think it’s as simple as that.

    There are number of factors contributing to this present impasse.

    This is an evolving crisis. Citizens are still shell shocked. Too many fires all over the place. Citizens (and even our government!) were slow to respond because it took a while to process the rapidly evolving situation and act on it. Besides, for a while all of us were like headless chickens running in all directions not even knowing how to respond, or where to respond – it was too much too quickly – most of us were left just wringing our hands with despair. We were all caught off-guard. So let’s forgive ourselves for not acting quickly enough.

    Two, citizens are not insensitive. They are cash strapped. Back in 2005, citizens had more disposable income. The economy was not shrinking at 2 percent growth rate, we were somewhere around 7-8 percent. Right now, most families are dealing with price hikes, Ramadan, food shortages, high energy bills, including fuel, gas and electricity, unemployment and what not. It’s a big deal taking out cash from already tight wallets. The citizens will respond but the pace (of donations) will be slower as they have to juggle their bills and take out some cash for this particular item at the same time. Do not write off the citizens of Pakistan too quickly.

    Three, we are dealing with lack of credibility here too. What did the government do with our contributions the last time? Did you see the 6 billion dollars worth of real estate and new model cities to replace the destruction of the earthquake – no, you did not. It’s been five years already. So, citizens have become more discerning. They are selecting the charities and NGOs with good track record for relief work this time. After all money is tight and most of us don’t want our hard earned cash to be wasted or siphoned off by the corrupt elements in our society. Furthermore, this is going to be an on-going project. One time donation is not going to do it. The citizens will have to pitch in for years to come in the form of new taxes, Zakat, and God knows what else. You just wait – the government is going to come up with creative ways to get you to contribute! 🙂

    Four, citizens of Pakistan have been dealing with loads already – what with bombings, target killings, Afghan fall-out, economic crunch, death, destruction and carnage, this is only just another crisis – back in 2005, earthquake was a big deal. Not anymore, like I said, this (floods) is just another crisis. Citizens have just got used to dealing with full action thrillers every week of their lives. So don’t ask them to act as if it’s the big cheese even if it is. It’s all in a days work.

    Five, the media needs to highlight the positive. Do not sensationalize people’s misery. The key word here is “inspire’’ instead of depressing everyone into inaction. Depression leads to hopelessness and eventually suicide! So my advice to TV anchors – back off. Instead of spouting on lack of zeal – find stories of human courage and generosity to highlight on talk shows and move people to achieve similar spurts of courage and generosity.

    We all need to pitch in and do our jobs to the best of our ability. Even the media.

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  150. Farm, livestock sectors suffer colossal loss
    By Syed Irfan Raza
    Friday, 13 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The country has suffered a loss of about Rs250 billion in the agricultural and livestock sectors and the flood recovery costs may run into billions of dollars, local experts and a UN spokesman said on Thursday.

    The Minister for Food and Agriculture, Nazar Mohammad Gondal, said: “It is difficult to give an exact figure, but I agree that the loss of agriculture and livestock runs into billions of rupees.”

    “The floods have destroyed crops of cotton, rice, sugarcane and tobacco worth billions of rupees.”

    Javed Saleem, a former president of the Crops Protection Association (CPA), and Ibrahim Mughal, chairman of the Pakistan Agricultural Farms Association (PAFA), said over 17 million acres of agricultural land had been submerged and ripe crops of rice, cotton and sugarcane destroyed.


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  151. KP accuses NDMA of diverting relief goods
    By Zulfiqar Ali
    Friday, 13 Aug, 2010

    PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has accused the National Disaster Management Authority of being more generous in dispatching relief goods to Multan, the hometown of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

    According to documents of the provincial government, Multan and Sukkur districts have received the lion’s share of goods donated by different countries and charity organisations.

    Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain described response of the federal government and NDMA to the crisis as pathetic and said his province had been ignored in distribution of relief goods.


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  152. Larkana dykes under pressure as flow continues

    ISLAMABAD: Water flow continued to increase on protective embankments in Larkana on Thursday.

    A huge flow carrying over one million cusecs passed through Nusrat Loop Bund, Akil Agani Loop, Parana Abad Loop Bund and Hasan Wahan Loop Bund. The flood has inundated over a hundred villages in catchment area, a private TV channel reported on Thursday.

    The Army has solicited large boats from the Navy to evacuate 2,000 people marooned in a village.


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  153. WB commits $900m for flood relief
    Dawn Report
    Friday, 13 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The World Bank agreed on Thursday to commit $900 million for relief and reconstruction of flood-ravaged areas and to undertake next week a damage and needs assessment (DNA) exercise.

    This was announced by the Ministry of Finance after a meeting between Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and World Bank’s Country Director Rachid Benmessaoud here on Thursday.

    According to a statement, they discussed the scope of the banks’ support for relief and reconstruction. “As a consequence of the meeting, the country director has agreed to commit an amount of $900 million for the purpose.”


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  154. Wheat stock adequate to meet situation: Gondal
    By Khawar Ghumman
    Friday, 13 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: As the ‘super flood’ wreaks havoc on the country’s agricultural economy, the federal minister in charge sees a sliver of hope in these disastrous times and claims the government has sufficient reserves of staple food.

    Talking to Dawn, Minister for Food and Agriculture Nazar Mohammad Gondal said the government had two million tons of wheat in surplus and one million tons in strategic reserves.

    “I believe it is a blessing in disguise that the government couldn’t export wheat because of low prices in the international market,” Mr Gondal said.

    Now that the country has been struck with this unprecedented natural calamity, “we can use the reserves of wheat whenever and wherever required,” he added.


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  155. comment – Economic Collapse

    What could be worse than floods that have displaced millions, killed thousands and destroyed huge swathes of farmland, a catastrophe the country will take years to recover from?

    Some people think they know, and the answer terrifies them. Away from the political mishegoss in Islamabad, calculators are anxiously being pulled out and back-of-the-envelope calculations are furiously being made by the serious-minded folks.

    The numbers are numbing: even before the floods, Pakistan seemed to be heading for economic collapse; after the floods, that appears to be all but a certainty.

    Gone will be the days of loadshedding — because there will be no electricity at all in the grid. Inflation, which has stayed stubbornly high, will spike again — because a sustained budget deficit is forcing the government to borrow money, keeping the economy awash in surplus money, more cash chasing the same amount of goods.


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  156. Comment: The wrath of the Almighty
    By M. A. Niazi | Published: August 13, 2010

    With the annual monsoon flooding having exceeded anything in living memory, the people of Pakistan have been forced to take a long hard look at their rulers, and have found what they have seen not particularly appetising. Heading the list of targets of popular ire has been President Asif Zardari, who has chosen this juncture to go ahead with not just one trip abroad, but two, not to another set of Third World countries, but to Europe and Russia.
    One of the surprising things has been how the rains have exceeded expectations. One of the disadvantages of an exotic-river system, like that of the Indus, is that there are annual floods. It is probably not the right time to go into the details of how exotic-river systems are produced, but it should suffice to say that exotic rivers rise exceptionally during the flood season, burst their banks and flood their floodplains, on which they also develop silt, making its banks eminently suitable for growing crops. Indeed, early civilisations are supposed to have developed along the banks of exotic rivers, whether the Ancient Egyptian civilisation along the Nile, the Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa civilisation along the Indus, or the Ancient Chinese civilisation along the Hwang ho and Yangtze kiang. It is not without significance that all of these rivers are still centres of civilisation. It is also to be noted that when Pakistan was created, it included not just the Indus river system of the Punjab, but also the Ganges-Brahmaputra system in East Bengal, which became Bangladesh in 1971. However, both wings of Pakistan had the same problem: their respective rivers’ headwaters were in India. Bangladesh developed problems with India over these waters after coming into being. The floods have been important to Pakistan before; the 1971 Cyclone occurred just before the elections that year, and the failure by the administration to relieve the suffering caused by the resulting floods is supposed to have contributed to the separatist sentiment in the Eastern Wing that led to the Awami League’s victory. It should be remembered that the then President, Yahya Khan, remained in the country.


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  157. Roughly $1 bln of crops lost in floods
    SIGULDA, Latvia: World Bank President Robert Zoellick said on Friday that the worst floods in Pakistan in decades were likely to have destroyed crops in the country worth around $1 billion.

    The floods, triggered by torrential monsoon downpours, have swamped Pakistan’s Indus river basin, killing more than 1,600 people, forcing two million from their homes and disrupting the lives of about 14 million people.


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  158. US Marines arrive to help Pakistan flood efforts as Zardari finally arrives
    A shipload of US Marines and helicopters arrived to boost relief efforts in flooded Pakistan, as President Asif Ali Zardari made his first visit to victims.

    Published: 12:12AM BST 13 Aug 2010

    The United Nations warned the crisis was far from over, saying dams in Sindh province could still burst in the coming days. More rain fell around the country, and monsoon season is forecast to last several weeks still.

    Spokesman Maurizio Giuliano said UN officials roughly estimated that up to one quarter of the country is or had been affected by the floods, though those areas were not necessarily under water.


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  159. Pakistan floods: an emergency for the West
    Unless we act decisively, large parts of flood-stricken Pakistan will be taken over by the Taliban, writes Ahmed Rashid.

    By Ahmed Rashid
    Published: 8:11PM BST 12 Aug 2010

    Pakistan’s floods have not just devastated the lives of millions of people, they now present an unparalleled national security challenge for the country, the region and the international community. Lest anyone under-estimate the scale of the disaster, all four of Pakistan’s wars with India combined did not cause such damage.

    It has become clear this week that, unless major aid is forthcoming immediately and international diplomatic effort is applied to improving Pakistan’s relations with India, social and ethnic tensions will rise and there will be food riots. Large parts of the country that are now cut off will be taken over by the Pakistani Taliban and affiliated extremist groups, and governance will collapse. The risk is that Pakistan will become what many have long predicted – a failed state with nuclear weapons, although we are a long way off from that yet.


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  160. Diseases intensify risks in Pakistan flood crisis

    By Akhtar Soomro

    SUKKUR | Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:10pm EDT

    SUKKUR Pakistan (Reuters) – Disease outbreaks pose grave risks to victims of Pakistan’s worst floods in decades, aid agencies said on Friday, causing fresh concern about already complicated relief efforts.


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  161. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to visit flood-hit Pakistan
    13 Aug 2010 10:08:22 GMT
    Source: Reuters
    ISLAMABAD, Aug 13 (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to visit flood-hit Pakistan over the weekend, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

    “The visit is about the flood situation. He will meet Pakistani leaders,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told Reuters.


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  162. Pakistan Leader Faces Fury Over Floods

    Published: August 13, 2010

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — With Pakistanis bracing for more rain and floods, President Asif Ali Zardari struggled Friday to confront a barrage of criticism over his recent visit to Europe, undertaken while rivers gorged by monsoon rains ravaged large portions of the country — a trip that critics have derided as “insensitive” and a “joy ride.”


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  163. Pakistan floods ‘affect 20 million’

    At least 20 million people have now been affected by heavy flooding across Pakistan, the country’s prime minister has announced, calling the disaster the nation’s “worst-ever calamity”.

    Yousuf Raza Gilani urged Pakistanis on Saturday to “join hands” to help deal with the crisis, which has left more than 1,600 people dead across the country.

    “This natural disaster has brought a huge devastation and approximately 20 million people have been affected by it,” he said in a sombre address marking Pakistan’s independence from British colonial rule 63 years ago.

    “[It] destroyed standing crops and food storages worth billions of dollars, causing colossal loss to the national economy.

    “Therefore, despite all out efforts by the government, all available aid seems to be inadequate. I would appeal to the world community to extend a helping hand to fight this calamity.”


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  164. U.S. Offers Aid to Rescue Pakistanis and Reclaim Image

    Published: August 14, 2010

    WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration continues to add to the aid package for flood-stricken Pakistan — already the largest humanitarian response from any single country — officials acknowledge that they are seeking to use the efforts to burnish the United States’ dismal image there.


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  165. U.S. hopeful Pakistan can avert big cholera outbreak
    y Sue Pleming

    WASHINGTON | Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:58pm EDT

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior U.S. aid official said on Saturday he was optimistic a serious cholera outbreak could be averted in flood-hit Pakistan after emergency steps taken by international and Pakistani relief groups.

    At least one case of cholera was confirmed on Friday and several more were suspected, said Mark Ward, acting director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s office for foreign disaster assistance. Epic floods have affected more than 14 million people in Pakistan.

    “The good news is that we know where it is and we can get resources in there to help because of the disease early warning system,” said Ward, referring to a system set up by the World Health Organization to quickly detect any cases of cholera or other waterborne illnesses common in flooding.


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  166. U.S. steps up help as Pakistan floods displace 20 million

    Pakistan on Saturday sharply increased its estimate of the number of people affected by catastrophic floods to 20 million, and the United Nations said 6 million of those victims lack access to food, shelter and water.

    By The Washington Post and The Associated Press

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan on Saturday sharply increased its estimate of the number of people affected by catastrophic floods to 20 million, and the United Nations said 6 million of those victims lack access to food, shelter and water.

    The floods, which continue to inundate new parts of the country, have caused a humanitarian disaster that has overwhelmed the capacity of the government and international aid groups. Foreign assistance has been slow in arriving, and aid organizations warn that many more deaths could follow unless flood victims receive help soon.


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  167. Zardari, Visiting Victims of Flood Disaster, Says Pakistan Will Rebuild
    By Paul Tighe and Khurrum Anis – Aug 15, 2010 6:29 AM GMT+0500

    President Asif Ali Zardari, visiting victims of Pakistan’s worst ever floods, said the country will rebuild and emerge stronger from the disaster.

    “We will not only face this one, but will be better prepared for any future emergency,” Zardari said while visiting a relief camp in Nowshera district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province yesterday, according to the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan. “We will help you rebuild your homes and your lives,” he told people at the center.

    The government canceled Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations yesterday to show solidarity with flood victims, APP said. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani hosted a meeting of political leaders in the capital, Islamabad, that agreed to set up a national fund to rehabilitate people affected by the disaster. As many as 20 million people have been displaced, Gilani said.


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  168. U.S. helicopters arrive in Pakistan to assist relief efforts
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    August 14, 2010 — Updated 2207 GMT (0607 HKT)

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Two U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters arrived Saturday to assist with humanitarian and rescue efforts in flood-ravaged Pakistan, which canceled celebrations of its 63rd birthday.

    A statement from the U.S. State Department says the two aircraft are part of the contingent of 19 helicopters, ordered to Pakistan on Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

    Seven of the 19 craft are now in the country. One other MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter and four U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters arrived earlier this week.


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  169. Pakistan Floods – More Than 1500 Killed, Second Wave Of Floods Expected
    at UK Today News

    If the recent flooding wasn’t enough, the weather forecast department in Pakistan has warned of yet another one that is likely to occur within the next 24 hours. The department has notified that there is a chance of another incident of a flood attack in southern Pakistan around this weekend.


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  170. Rally held for Pakistan’s flood victims
    Updated: Sat Aug. 14 2010 18:18:26


    Canada is boosting its commitment to help the millions of people affected by flooding in Pakistan. But despite the increased aid, many Pakistani Canadians say Ottawa is not doing enough. On Saturday, a rally was held on Stephen Avenue in an effort to raise money for people affected by flooding in their homeland.

    “I’m hoping to raise some amount of money so we can support our clinics in Pakistan. We need to buy medicine and tents and all kinds of equipment for this disaster,” said Saima Mirza.


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  171. Afghan Refugees at Risk in Flood-Stricken Pakistan
    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says Afghan refugees who are living in flood-stricken Pakistan are among the most vulnerable victims. The UNHCR says it is assisting hundreds of thousands of Afghans whose camps are overwhelmed by flooding.

    Pakistan’s prime minister now says some 20 million people are affected by the worst flooding to hit the country in over a generation. This figure is much higher than the 14 million estimated by the United Nations.


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  172. Local Pakistanis raise flood relief funds on sad anniversary
    By: Lindsey Wiebe
    Posted: 14/08/2010 9:34 PM | Comments: 0

    His parents are out of harm’s way — this Jehangir Khan can say with certainty, and no small measure of relief.

    But the Winnipegger says that certainty isn’t shared by his relatives and friends in Pakistan, still searching for family members in the wake of devastating flooding across a fifth of the country.

    The Pakistani community in Winnipeg marked the anniversary of the country’s 1947 independence with a fundraiser Saturday to aid the estimated 20 million people affected by ongoing floods, the worst disaster to hit the country in decades.

    “Yesterday I talked to my father…he said he’d never seen this kind of flood in his life,” said Khan, a store manager in Winnipeg.

    A steady stream of friends, supporters and community members gathered at Crescent Drive Park Saturday evening to kick off what they hope will be a massive fundraising effort for the disaster. By evening’s end they’d collected $30,000, said organizer Hammad Khan, but the end goal is $1 million.


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  173. The soul of the ‘Land of the Pure’
    By Robert Grenier

    It is the sheer scale of the devastation that leaves one speechless. As one surveys the overhead photos of vast lowland plains inundated with swirling brown water or stares at the upland images of mighty torrents washing away roads, bridges, entire villages, it is the utter scope of the disaster which almost defies comprehension, which far outstrips the power of words to convey.

    Only the flint-hearted could be left unmoved by this. The heart aches for Pakistan.

    But it is only in the photos of the people that one begins to grasp the full dimension of what is happening and, through that prism, to gain a glimpse into the soul of the Land of the Pure.


    One hears the stories of building frustration, of bitter complaints against a government so often indifferent in the best of times, and simply unequal to the challenge in these, the worst of times.

    But this is not what I see in the photographs, in the images of entire families clinging to trucks to gain higher ground, of people stranded on roof-tops or on the raised strips of highways, of those isolated and forlorn, reaching for a bottle of clean water or a packet of sodden food dropped from a helicopter.

    In these images one looks in vain for signs of hysteria, or for righteous indignation. What one sees instead is what one always sees in Pakistanis – endurance: Simple, often noble, endurance.


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  174. U.N. chief urges faster foreign aid for Pakistan

    By Zeeshan Haider

    ISLAMABAD | Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:03am EDT

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged foreign donors to speed up aid to Pakistan after the country’s worst floods in decades disrupted the lives of more than a tenth of its 170 million people.

    Swelled by torrential monsoon rains, major rivers have flooded Pakistan’s mountain valleys and fertile plains, killing up to 1,600 people and leaving two million homeless.

    Six million people still need food, shelter and water and medicine, the United Nations says.

    But with an area roughly the size of Italy hit by floods, government and foreign aid has been slow in coming and the United Nations has warned of a second wave of deaths among the sick and hungry if help does not arrive.

    The U.N. has reported the first case of cholera amid fears that disease outbreaks could spread with survivors sleeping in makeshift tarpaulin tents. Some beg or loot.

    Bridges have collapsed, highways have been snapped in two by torrential rains and villages have been cut off from the outside world in what was already one of the poorest countries in Asia.

    Only a quarter of the $459 million aid needed for initial relief has arrived, according to the United Nations.


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  175. Comment: Pakistan: Are we facing a flood of Jihadists?

    Virginia M. Moncrieff

    Posted: August 15, 2010 01:19 AM

    One afternoon, in the aftermath of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, I was sitting in the lounge room of my house in the North West Frontier Province. I shared it with half a dozen Pakistani friends. After a perfunctory knock on the front door, the room was suddenly filled with four well dressed Americans, identifying themselves as ‘from the embassy” and smilingly asking us about ‘the terrain’. What did we know, who did we know, and how did we know it? The female American showed particular interest in me – the lone westerner seemingly out of place in a house full of Pakistanis. She asked me about ‘activities’ I had witnessed. After distributing their name cards and entreaties to call if we had any interesting information (“anything at all”), they piled into their SUV and were gone.


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  176. August 13, 2010 5:21 PM
    Flash Points: The Geo-Political Impact of Pakistan’s Floods

    Pakistan’s devastating floods are the worst in the nation’s 63-year history. About 1,500 people have been killed and as many as 14 million more are facing famine and disease, according to the United Nations.

    On Friday’s Washington Unplugged, CBS News National Security Analyst Juan Zarate told CBS News’ Bob Orr that the damage isn’t done, and there are larger issues at stake.


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  177. Millions in Pakistan Struggle Against Record Floods
    Much of Pakistan faces more storms in the coming days. Heavy rains have already caused more than two weeks of record flooding. Health officials worry about disease spreading because of a lack of clean drinking water.

    The United Nations wants four hundred sixty million dollars to provide immediate help to fourteen million people affected by the flooding. The appeal this week came as estimates put the number of dead at about one thousand six hundred.

    The Pakistani ambassador to the U.N. says the floods could limit his country’s economic growth this year. The cotton industry has been especially hard hit.


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  178. Comment: Why bother?
    By Alizeh Kohari
    Sunday, 15 Aug, 2010 | 09:14 AM PST |

    I’m going to be honest: I don’t know. No one does, really. But I suppose we owe it to ourselves to at least attempt to answer that question.

    We’ve all heard the starfish story: hundreds washed up on a shore and an earnest little girl who flings them, one by one, back into the ocean. ‘What’s the point?’ a cynic sneers, ‘You’ll never be able to save all of them.’ Oh, but that’s okay, she says, ‘I made a difference to that one, right there. And that one. And that one.’

    Right now, it’s difficult not to be cynical. 152 citizens we lost, in ‘one fell swoop’ to the airplane crash—seems tragically large a figure. 1,600—the number fallen to floods at the time of writing—is even higher. The thought of s-e-v-e-n-t-e-e-n m-i-l-l-i-o-n affected by the deluge—can you get your head around that?


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  179. Floods: In a flash
    By Rizwana Naqvi
    Sunday, 15 Aug, 2010 | 09:47 AM PST |

    Pictures of people making their way through waist or chest deep water, people trying to salvage their belongings from destroyed homes, people being evacuated by helicopters and boats, gathering under hovering helicopters with their hands raised up to the heavens to collect food and other aid have haunted us in newspapers and on TV screens since the past two weeks. These are the images of the aftermath of flood that has devastated most of Pakistan.

    The country has been hit by one of the worst floods in the history of Pakistan, which (as I write this piece) has left more than 13.8 million people affected which is worse than the combined total of tsunami and quake victims in Kashmir and Haiti.

    The province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been worst hit, where damages are so high that the province’s chief minister declared that the province has been pushed back by almost 50 years. Homes, roads bridges and irrigation systems and whatever development had taken place over the years has all been washed away.


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  180. UN chief appeals for faster aid as flood crisis worsens
    Sunday, 15 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged the world to quicken aid for up to 20 million people hit by Pakistan’s worst humanitarian crisis as he flew in to visit areas ravaged by record floods.

    The United Nations has appealed for 460 million dollars to deal with the immediate aftermath of the floods but has warned that billions will be required in the long term with villages, businesses, crops and infrastructure wiped out.


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  181. Five children die of hunger in Kohistan
    Sunday, 15 Aug, 2010
    PESHAWAR: Five children died of malnutrition on Sunday in the Kundian Valley region of Kohistan.

    The recent floods and rain had badly affected the Hazara division’s Kohistan region, forcing the Karakorum highway and other connecting roads to close down, completely cutting off the region from the rest of the country.


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  182. 15 August 2010 Last updated at 15:41 GMT
    UN chief says Pakistan floods ‘heart-wrenching’

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described as “heart-wrenching” the destruction he witnessed on a visit to flood-devastated Pakistan.

    Mr Ban said the scale of the disaster was greater than anything he had seen before.

    He again urged the world to speed up aid to the country, saying shelter and medicine were desperately needed.


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  183. Jacobabad faces worst disaster in its history
    By Waseem Shamsi and Mohammad Hussain Khan
    Monday, 16 Aug, 2010

    SUKKUR / HYDERABAD: With the approach of a second ‘peak flood’, the district of Jacobabad is facing the worst crisis in its history and a number of villages and settlements have been inundated. A large number of people who had moved to areas earlier considered to be safe are now forced to move to other places.

    At least 22 people, including women and children, have been swept away by raging waters in Moula Dad, Mehmal, Karim Bux and other areas.

    The town itself appears to be safe for the moment, but a reported decision to divert floodwaters into a saline water drain has been strongly opposed by people of adjoining areas. The water was earlier diverted towards the Jacobabad-Dera Murad Jamali bypass.


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  184. Diverting water to Balochistan could not save Jacobabad
    SUKKUR – The Sindh government has issued final warning for the people to leave Jacobabad as raging floodwaters started entering the city Sunday evening from three sides.
    Shahbaz Airbase of Jacobabad has also been vacated by all foreign and other staff due to the flood threat.
    Putting another historical city Shikarpur under red zone, the provincial government cut the railway track at Lodra, diverting floodwater of Begari Feeder to the other side to save the city from inundation. After breaking the railway track, the floodwater has submerged the Jacobabad-Shikarpur road, resulting in suspension of traffic.


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  185. Rs250bn seed money proposed for relief body
    By Amir Wasim & Imran Ali Teepu
    Monday, 16 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Ishaq Dar have been assigned the task of working out modalities for the formation of an independent commission to oversee relief and rehabilitation operations in the flood-hit areas.

    The two parties agreed on Saturday to set up the commission.

    A federal minister told Dawn on Sunday that the ministry of finance was examining the plan submitted by Mr Dar, suggesting measures to enable the government to transfer Rs250 billion as the seed money to the account to be operated by the proposed body.

    The minister, who did not want to be identified, said a meeting between Mr Shaikh and Mr Dar was expected in a few days after the latter returned from Dubai.


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  186. Three towns under water in Balochistan
    By Saleem Shahid
    Monday, 16 Aug, 2010

    QUETTA: Dera Allahyar, the district headquarters of Jaffarabad, Rojhan Jamali, Sohbatpur and adjoining areas were inundated on Sunday after the Quetta-Jacobabad highway and the Jamali bypass were breached by the Sindh administration to save the town of Jacobabad and the nearby Shahbaz airbase, diverting floodwaters towards Balochistan.

    Balochistan’s road and rail links with Sindh and Punjab have been snapped with floodwaters flowing over the railway track and road.

    At least 10 people, including women and children, were killed in flood-related incidents.

    The water is moving towards Usta Mohammad, Gandakha and other areas downstream after devastating vast areas in Rojhan Jamali, the hometown of former prime minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali.


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  187. Ten million victims may be shifted to Karachi, Hyderabad
    By Habib Khan Ghori
    Monday, 16 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has said that if needed, 10 million flood victims would be shifted to Karachi and Hyderabad.

    The home minister was talking to a group of journalists on Sunday during his visit to a relief camp in Razzaqabad.

    He met flood survivors who complained to him of non-availability of essential relief items.

    The minister said full relief arrangements could not be made immediately for such a large number of people. However, he assured them that the government would provide relief to all flood survivors.


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  188. Pakistan capable of preventing cholera: US
    By Our Correspondent
    Monday, 16 Aug, 2010

    WASHINGTON: In a flood as big as the one Pakistan faces, cholera is inevitable, warns a senior US official, but he also assures that Pakistani authorities and relief agencies are fully capable of preventing a serious outbreak of the disease.

    Mark Ward, acting director of US Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance, told journalists in Washington that in a situation when “we are dealing with much water and many people, cholera is roughly inevitable”.

    But he said he firmly believed that Pakistan could control the situation.


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  189. For the tail end it’s crumbs only
    By Mohammad Ali Khan
    Sunday, 15 Aug, 2010

    NOWEHERA: Mohammad Saad spends much of his day time at the Aba Khel Chowk. He waits there till he manages to get a pouch of cooked meal, which is often looted more than once before a consignment reaches this locality situated just two kilometres from Nowshera city.

    “We come here every morning to collect some relief items, including food, mainly provided by NGOs, but the problem is that much of the aid is looted in between, leaving precious little for people waiting on this tail end,” Mr Saad, a class 10 student, told Dawn while sitting beside his co-villager at Aba Khel Chowk.


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  190. comment: Saving Pakistan from itself
    By Kunwar Idris
    Sunday, 15 Aug, 2010

    The response of the political leaders, the government and civil society as a whole to the country’s worst-ever natural disaster has been both delayed and mean. It is a kind of save-Pakistan-from-itself situation.

    Even the army that comes to the people’s rescue when the civil administration falters or fails was late this time in coming and its presence was felt much less than in earlier, lesser crises. The world response matches domestic indifference. Only the ‘hated’ American soldiers with their helicopters are there to save lives. Don’t we need to look at our ‘friends’ more closely?


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  191. comment: Without planning we will sink
    by Talat Hussain

    The floods in Pakistan have made even the United Kingdom’s National Security Council (NSC) hold an emergency meeting chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron. The aim of Aug 12’s meeting was to ramp up support for Pakistan’s flood victims. Similar exceptional activity is reported from other world capitals, including Washington, which has moved men, material, and Marines aboard the USS Peleliu to expand the net of aid to Pakistan. Muslim countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Oman are also in their aid stride. Brazil and other Latin American countries are also chipping in. Even though these efforts are far too little when compared to the scale of the tragedy, these do signal growing international concern about the effects of the floods on Pakistan.


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  192. Govt, IMF to review economic situation on Aug 23
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Monday, 16 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to go ahead with a scheduled review of economic situation with International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Aug 23 in Washington to take the international community into confidence over the fiscal and economic challenges posed by the devastating floods across the country.

    A senior finance ministry official told Dawn on Sunday that the scheduled interaction with IMF would help the authorities to compare initial estimates of losses caused by the countrywide floods with the IMF and share fresh proposals to overcome economic challenges.

    “Our considered view is that this is the right time to remain engaged with the IMF at this critical stage and get whatever leeway is possible in a sympathetic world environment on certain economic slippages, particularly on fiscal deficit, tax reforms, inflation and GDP (gross domestic product) growth rate,” the official said.


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  193. Pakistan floods affecting 20 million; cholera outbreak feared
    By Griff Witte
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Sunday, August 15, 2010
    ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Pakistan on Saturday sharply increased its estimate of the number of people affected by this summer’s catastrophic floods to 20 million, and the United Nations said that 6 million of those victims lack access to food, shelter and water.


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  194. Pakistan does not need western aid, opposition leader claims
    Pakistan’s opposition leader has claimed that his country does not need Western aid and should “stand on its own two feet” as the UN chief called for the world to send money to the flood-hit region.
    By Dean Nelson in Lahore
    Published: 7:44PM BST 15 Aug 2010

    Nawaz Sharif said his country had sufficient resources to rebuild millions of homes, buildings and bridges destroyed in the worst floods in 80 years.
    He was speaking amid growing concern that the international community was not responding quickly enough with aid for more than 20 million people displaced by the floods.


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  195. Death toll rises in Pakistan flooding
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    August 16, 2010 — Updated 0840 GMT (1640 HKT)

    (CNN) — The death toll from flooding that has ravaged Pakistan for more than two weeks is up to 1,463, the country’s Disaster Authority said Monday.
    More than 895,200 houses have been damaged, and more than 2,000 people have been injured, the agency said.
    One-fifth of the country is under water. Roughly 900,000 are homeless as a result of the catastrophe.
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday that while he has visited sites of natural disasters around the world, he has never seen anything like the devastation created by flooding in Pakistan. He said the disaster is worse than the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2005 Pakistani earthquake combined.


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  196. Pakistan flood survivors protest slow aid
    By ASHRAF KHAN (AP) – 35 minutes ago
    SUKKUR, Pakistan — Angry flood survivors in Pakistan blocked a highway to protest slow delivery of aid and heavy rain lashed makeshift housing Monday as a forecast of more flooding increased the urgency of the massive international relief effort.
    Pakistan’s worst floods in recorded history began more than two weeks ago in the mountainous northwest and have spread throughout the country. Some 20 million people and 62,000 square miles (160,000 square kilometers) of land — about one-fifth of the country — have been affected.
    The scale of the disaster has raised concerns it could destabilize the country, which is pivotal to U.S. hopes of defeating al-Qaida and the Taliban.

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  197. Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi criticises media
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Tuesday, 17 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi took a potshot at the media on Monday expressing his horror over the fact that transparency in aid utilisation had become such an issue domestically.

    “Everyone wants transparent use of the assistance. There can be no two views. But it is more under debate over here than it is with the international community,” said Mr Qureshi at a press briefing here.


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  198. Sindh CM admits failure in coping with flood
    By Our Correspondent
    Tuesday, 17 Aug, 2010

    SHIKARPUR: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the government is utilising all resources to provide relief and rescue services to flood victims.

    Talking to reporters during a visit to a flooded area near the village of Lodra on Monday, he admitted that the government could not formulate solid policies and strategies for protection of people in the wake of flood threat because experts of irrigation and the departments concerned failed to provide information and guidance to people and evolve a strategy to cope with the emergency.


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  199. Two Balochistan towns face inundation
    By Saleem Shahid
    Tuesday, 17 Aug, 2010

    QUETTA: After devastating Dera Allahyar and hundreds of other settlements in and around Rojhan Jamali, floodwaters have entered the area of Hafizabad, Cattle Farm, Cadet College and Agricultural Research Centre and are now threatening Usta Mohammad and Gandakha towns.

    The administration has issued a flood warning and the towns are being evacuated. “Around 90 per cent of the people of Usta Mohammad have shifted to safe places,” official sources said, adding that the remaining families were waiting for rescue teams because they did not have resources to move out on their own.

    Power supply to Dera Allahyar and other affected areas in Jaffarabad district has been stopped and Balochistan’s road and rail links with Sindh remain suspended.


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  200. Floodwaters endanger upper Sindh district
    By M.B. Kalhoro
    Tuesday, 17 Aug, 2010

    LARKANA: The residents of Qubo Saeed Khan town and over 100 villages in Qambar-Shahdadkot district were asked to leave their homes on Monday after a powerful current of floodwaters gushing from Garhi Khairo and overtopping the Khirthar canal smashed five gates of the Garang regulator and washed away the entire structure.

    District Coordination Officer Ghulam Yaseen Shar said the situation was extraordinary and floodwaters were gushing towards Qubo Saeed Khan.

    “We have warned the residents of Qubo Saeed Khan to leave immediately and provided them transport.

    “More than 100 villages in the flood path are also under threat,” the DCO said, adding that their inhabitants should also shift to safe places.


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  201. Pakistan’s ‘image deficit’ hurting aid flow: UN
    GENEVA (August 17 2010): Relief agencies are having trouble obtaining funds to help millions of Pakistan flood victims as the country suffers from an “image deficit”, a UN spokeswoman said Monday. “We note often an image deficit with regards to Pakistan among Western public opinion,” said Elizabeth Byrs, spokeswoman of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

    “As a result, Pakistan is among countries that are poorly financed, like Yemen,” she added. The Unied Nations has been struggling to obtain 460 million dollars to provide emergency aid to six million victims of the country ravaged by heavy flooding. Only a fifth of the required funds have been pledged since the appeal was launched on August 11.


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  202. Punjab imposes Flood Tax
    LAHORE (August 17 2010): Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that flood has affected about 8.5 million people while a damage of Rs 80 billion has been estimated so far. The CM also announced imposition of flood tax in the province. “Recommendations are being given a final shape in this regard and this tax will be levied only on such persons who have the capacity to pay,” Shahbaz said while briefing media about flood damages in Punjab, relief activities and rehabilitation of the floods survivors, after a meeting of Punjab Cabinet, here on Monday.


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  203. World Bank to provide $900 million loan
    WASHINGTON (August 17 2010): The World Bank said Monday it has agreed to provide a 900 million dollar loan to flood-hit Pakistan, saying the economic impact of the disaster on the economy was expected to be “huge.” The funding will come from the International Development Association, the World Bank’s arm for low-income countries, a bank statement said.


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  204. New threat to Sukkur Barrage
    By: Zamir Sheikh | Published: August 17, 2010

    KARACHI – There is fear whether or not frontline Sukkur Barrage will be able to endure another onslaught of floodwater that has entered Sindh province.
    More than seven decades old barrage will be facing its worst test when the second wave of floodwater reaches the Barrage. The second wave of fresh floodwater in the River Indus is expected as big as the first one that has already taken heavy toll uprooting millions from their homes and hearths and destroying standing crops. High flood is expected to persist for more than 24 hours due to this new surge of around more than a million cusecs, according to the latest warning issued by the authorities.


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  205. Flood-hit areas face petroleum shortages
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Tuesday, 17 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The government is facing difficulties in unloading oil consignments from ships because of port congestion and infrastructure limitations, resulting in supply shortages in flood affected areas of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Northern parts of the country.

    Sources in the petroleum ministry told Dawn on Monday that the country’s oil consumption had dropped by about 50 per cent after the recent floods as transport activities had substantially slumped because of damage caused to the road infrastructure.


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  206. comment: Drowning in our own ineptitude
    By Ayesha T. Haq

    In June, we knew we were expecting heavier than usual rains. In July, the rains came. It’s mid-August, it’s still raining and a significant part of Pakistan is under water. According to the UN, 14 million people have been affected, over a billion acres of land is under water, cotton and rice crops have been destroyed and people have lost their livelihood. In fact, they have lost everything they own. Infrastructure has been wiped out, millions of people have been cut off from the rest of the country and are dependent on the airdropping of supplies. Airdrops have their limitations; the weak – women, children, the elderly and infirm – depend on the charity of the strong and if there isn’t enough to go around they are left to die.


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