More rain ushers fresh misery for Pakistan

by
August 12, 2010

(CNN) — Pakistan’s longest river, the Indus, is expected to breach its banks in the north of the country Thursday, bringing fresh misery to a nation where torrential rains have snatched lives and livelihoods.

According to the country’s meteorological department, a “very high to exceptionally high” flood level is expected near Chashma, in Punjab province.

From the Swat Valley in the north to Sindh province in the south, as many as 15 million Pakistanis have been affected by the nation’s worst-ever floods.

By Thursday, the death toll had risen to 1,343, the Pakistan Disaster Authority said.

It said 1,588 people have been injured and 352,291 people have been rescued. More than 722,600 houses and 4,600 villages have been damaged or destroyed.

Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the United Nations’ humanitarian operation in Pakistan, told CNN that the cost to restore Pakistan’s agriculture sector, including its infrastructure, will be steep.

“It’s too early to give an exact number. The recovery cost will most likely be in the billions,” he said.

Many Pakistanis now face severe food shortages, and aid agencies stepped up appeals for global assistance. The United Nations launched a flash appeal for $460 million in humanitarian assistance, and the United States pledged another $20 million on top of the $35 million already pledged.

The Pakistani military has 55 helicopters and 621 boats taking part in aid and rescue efforts.

But for many parts of southern Pakistan, the worst is yet to come.

If the Indus River does flood, it will spread the floodwaters even further, damaging more crops and infrastructure.

To read more, visit: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/08/12/pakistan.floods/?hpt=Sbin

No comments yet - you can be the first!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Keep the Fake News Media in check.

Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!

We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.
View our full privacy policy.