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Pakistan Devastated by Massive Flooding in August, 2010

A Message To Pakistan: Has your government executed the Muslim who became a Christian yet? Why should anyone help you fight the Taliban when your government acts no different then them? Why should anyone help you at all when you allow oppression and murder against those who choose to think rather than simply listen and attack anyone else who refuses to submit to their feelings and opinions? Has Allah performed any clear miracle for you except destruction and oppression? Have mercy, and mercy will be shown upon you too. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Fo true justice and you will get true justice.

Images and news on the Pakistan floods of August, 2010 with a September 1st news update below on the help the U.S. has given to Pakistan.

8/2/2010From the BBC: In pictures: Pakistan under water (slide)

9/1/2010Thirteen Pakistan Flood Pictures with Descriptions, by James Wray

8/3/2010
by David Petley

Update on the flood wave in Pakistan, plus an update on the monsoon in India and on typhoon activity in the NW Pacific
The true magnitude of the disaster in Pakistan is now becoming clear – this appears to be the country’s equivalent of Hurricane Katrina. It has to be hoped that lessons are learnt both within the country and by the international community in terms of disaster risk reduction there.

In 2007 the World Health Organisation produced a flood potential map for Pakistan, which I reproduce below:

More here.

Pakistan flood: UK charities rush to help

8/5/2010
by Vanessa Barford

Family members salvage belongings from their destroyed house in Pabbi, located in Pakistan”s northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa The disaster has already claimed the lives of 1,600 people and affected over four million

As the Disasters Emergency Committee launches an emergency appeal to raise funds for victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan, British charities are scrambling to get aid to the worst affected regions.

The UN says Pakistan’s worst flooding in nearly a century has now affected more than four million people and left at least 1,600 dead.

Charities have been quick to send supplies and emergency response teams.

But with fresh flood warnings and more rain forecast – and thousands struggling with shortages of food, clean water, shelter and medicine – UK aid agencies say the situation on the ground is desperate.

Patrick Fuller, from the British Red Cross, has been based in Islamabad for the past few days and visited many of the hardest-hit provinces.

He said the worst areas were “totally dependent” on outside help, and the International Red Cross was working with local partners to get a whole package of aid, such as tents, blankets, stoves and cooking pots, to about 35,000 families. – More here

8/6/2010ITN News: Pakistan floods hit up to 12 million people (video)

Landslides complicate Pakistan flood relief efforts


Flood victims evacuate their villages in Sukkur, Pakistan,
Sindh province, 8/8/2010. Click the picture to see 28 more
pictures and a video.

8/9/2010/5:47 P.M. EDT
by Junaid Khan

MINGORA Pakistan – Soldiers and aid workers struggled on Monday to reach at least a million people cut off by landslides that have complicated relief efforts after the worst floods in Pakistan in 80 years.

Poor weather has grounded relief helicopters and more rain was expected to compound the misery of more than 13 million people — about 8 percent of the population — whose lives have been disrupted by the floods, including two million homeless.

The floods have killed more than 1,600 people.

In the Swat Valley, northwest of Islamabad, soldiers and aid workers are using mules or traveling on foot to reach people in desperate need of help.

The catastrophe has put unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari on the defensive while raising the profile of the military which is spearheading relief efforts.

The floods, which began 10 days ago after heavy monsoon rain over the upper reaches of the Indus river basin, have plowed a swathe of destruction more than 1,000 km (600 miles) long from northern Pakistan to the southern province of Sindh.

While the water has begun to recede in some parts of the north, water-logged mountainsides long stripped of forest cover have begun to slide in some areas, isolating communities.

“We have brought in 130 mules to take food supplies to the cut-off valleys,” an army spokesman in Swat, Major Mushtaq Khan, told Reuters, adding that bad weather had grounded helicopters for the past two days.

“About one million people are stranded because the main road link has been severed … We believe that most stocks villagers had, have been exhausted and they need supplies.”

Zardari’s decision to go ahead with official trips to Europe during the crisis has renewed criticism of his leadership. The military has taken the lead in relief efforts while the government is under fire for perceived dithering.

The president is expected back by mid-week.

Analysts say there is no chance the military, which has vowed to stay out of politics and is preoccupied fighting militants, will try to seize power.

ISLAMISTS FILL AID VOID

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in New York on Monday that he was “extremely concerned” about the humanitarian impact of the floods in Pakistan and would soon launch an emergency aid appeal for several hundred million dollars.

The United Nations said in terms of the number of people who have lost their homes or livelihoods, and will need short- or long-term help, the floods were worse than the 2004 tsunami, which killed 236,000 people around the Indian Ocean.

In Punjab province, army helicopters rescued people and their livestock from rooftops in Mehmood Kot village, a scene being played out in many parts of the country.

Some soldiers are getting frustrated by people’s reluctance to leave their homes.

“When we try to take them, they say they don’t want to leave and instead they demand food. We have to fly again to bring food. This is a major problem for us,” Lieutenant Colonel Salman Rafiq said. – More here

8/11/2010 From the BBC: In pictures: Pakistan under water (slide)

Pakistan floods surge as fresh rainfall triggers two more waves of water
Minister says people face a ‘grave situation’ as further flows could halt
embankment repairs

8/11/2010
by Saeed Shah

Pakistani authorities believe fresh rainfall has triggered two more waves of flooding already surging through remote areas, inundating more land and swallowing yet more villages.

The new flood surges are currently sweeping down from mountainous areas in the north, but are expected to reach more highly populated areas in the coming days.

In Sukkur – a district in one of the worst affected areas – water levels from the first flood surge are expected to reach their peak tomorrow , but Sindh province’s irrigation minister, Saifullah Dharejo, warned that fresh flooding could follow within days.

“Once this peak passes, another flood is being formed in the mountains, and then a third,” he said. “If we cannot plug the breaches [in the embankments], the water will keep expanding out. This is a grave situation.”

Pakistan’s worst ever flooding has already affected 14 million people, leaving 2 million homeless and an estimated 1,600 dead. News of the fresh surges came as the UN launched an emergency fundraising appeal for $459m (£290m), warning that survivors still face life-threatening conditions from disease and food shortages. The chief minister of Sindh province, Qaim Ali Shah, described the international aid pledged so far as “peanuts”. – More here

Photos of the Pakistan floods on Flickr.

U.S. Response to Pakistan’s Flooding Disaster
September 1, 2010
Office of the Spokesman, United States Department of State, Washington, DC
edited by Daniel Knight

The United States has responded immediately and generously to Pakistan’s call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that began July 29. This includes $150 million to support immediate relief efforts in Pakistan, through the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority, the UN’s emergency response plan, and many other local and international organizations. An additional $50 million has been allocated for initial recovery efforts to assist with rebuilding communities impacted by the floods. Therefore, the United States Government is now providing $200 million to assist with relief and recovery efforts, which does not include considerable in-kind and technical assistance specifically to address the impact of these floods.

We are also expanding pre-existing programs in flood-affected areas. The U.S. also has provided civilian and military in-kind assistance in the form of halal meals, pre-fabricated steel bridges and other infrastructure support, as well as air support to and within Pakistan to transport goods and rescue people at an approximate value of approximately $20 million.- Through August 31, these aircraft have evacuated 10,051 people and delivered more than 2,930,000 pounds of relief supplies.

American business and private citizens are also making generous contributions to assist the people of Pakistan.

Latest Developments:

– Two U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were delivered to Pakistan today as the first elements of the U.S. Army 16th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) began to arrive from Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. The unit and its helicopters will operate in partnership with the Pakistani military throughout flood-impacted areas. The helicopters were transported to Pakistan Air Force Base Chaklala via a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft. They will be reassembled, prepared for operations and await the arrival of other helicopters and support personnel, scheduled to arrive over the coming days.

– On August 31, U.S. military C-130 aircraft, based from Afghanistan, delivered 51,370 pounds of food and relief supplies from Rawalpindi to Sukkur, Jacobabad and Skardu.

– On August 31, U.S. military helicopters rescued 618 people and transported 128,000 pounds of relief supplies.

– The U.S. announced August 31 the launch of a program to provide short-term employment to 4,800 families in Swat. The jobs program will be used to rebuild roads and bridges in the area, as well as stimulate the local economy.

– An additional $2 million is being provided to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to expand humanitarian logistics operations and provide emergency relief supplies for health, shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs.

Zardari warns Pakistan flood recovery
from Reuters
3/20/2011/10:06:34 P.M.

LONDON — Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari said it could take his country three years or more to recover from devastating floods that have left millions homeless and warned Islamic militants could exploit the crisis.

“I see always such organizations and such people taking advantage of this human crisis,” Zardari said in an interview published in Britain’s Independent newspaper on Tuesday.

“It is again a challenge to not let them take advantage of this human crisis.”

About one-third of Pakistan has been affected by three weeks of flooding and more than 4 million people are now without homes, the United Nations said on Thursday, making the critical task of securing greater amounts of aid more urgent.

Zardari, who triggered criticism when he went ahead with visits to meet British and French leaders and when he spent time at a family property in France as the catastrophe unfolded, defended the government’s response. – More here

The ghost trees of Pakistan: Spider webs cocoon branches in creepy after-effect of floods
by Daily Mail Reporter
3/28/2011/1:40 PM

Millions of spiders have crawled into trees in Pakistan to escape flood waters, shrouding them with their silky webs.

The eye-catching phenomenon is an unexpected side-effect of last year’s flooding which claimed the lives of almost 2,000 people.

However, since the monsoon weather devastated the nation last July, much of the water has still not yet receded.

The tiny arachnids have sought refuge amongst the trees weaving beautifully intricate webs between the leaves.
World wide web: Millions of spiders have climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters in Pakistan. Locals say there are now fewer mosquitos reducing the risk of malaria

World wide web: Millions of spiders have climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters in Pakistan. Locals say there are now fewer mosquitos reducing the risk of malaria

The branches are now so cocooned in spiders webs it gives the appearance of them being shrouded in a large net.

People in this part of Sindh, in south eastern Pakistan, near Karachi, have never seen this phenomenon before, but locals are reporting that there are now fewer mosquitos than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that is around. – More here

Selected U.S. Contributions To Date:

– An additional 1,000 rolls of plastic sheeting have been delivered to Pakistan, bringing the total of the shelter materials to over 5,000 rolls. The plastic sheeting will provide temporary shelter for approximately 152,000 people.

– Seven additional mobile water treatment units arrived August 26, bringing the total to 13 now in Pakistan. U.S. water treatment units are capable of producing more than 1.3 million liters of clean water a day.

– The US brought in an additional 40 Zodiac inflatable rescue boats, bringing the total to 58.

– As of August 31, WFP Pakistan and partners have reached nearly 3 million beneficiaries with more than 34,000 metric tons of food. The U.S. has provided $51.5 million in food assistance to date.

– By September 1, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which the United States is supporting through the State Department, had assisted over 370,000 flood-affected beneficiaries around Pakistan. In Kyhber Pakhtunkhwa province alone, UNHCR has distributed over 20,800 tents, 65,000 plastic sheets, 149,000 blankets, 99,000 sleeping mats, 49,000 quilts, 49,000 jerry cans, 50,000 plastic buckets, 24,000 kitchen sets, 37 metric tons of soap, and 49,000 mosquito nets to the flood-affected population.

– By August 24, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which the U.S. is supporting, had assisted over 335,000 flood-affected beneficiaries.

– A grant to an NGO for $3.9 million was committed to support logistics and relief commodities, economic recovery and market systems, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities for flood-affected people in KPk and Sindh provinces.

Private Sector Response:

– To date, the private sector has donated $8.39 million in contributions to flood relief efforts. American Business Council members in the U.S. and Pakistan that have contributed include: Abbott Labs, Agility Logistics, AT&T, Becton Dickinson, Chevron Pakistan, Cisco Foundation, Coca-Cola Export Corporation & Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Ltd., DuPont, EMC, Feros Sons Laboratories, Hadayat Sons, Johnson & Johnson, MDS Foods, Proctor and Gamble, Pfizer Pakistan, Silver Star Enterprises, 3M, Visa and Wackenhut Pakistan (Pvt.) In addition, the Lahore-based American Business Forum has collected donations from: Coca-Cola, Environment Consultancies & Options, Levi Strauss Pakistan, Kabani & Company, General Electric, Monsanto AgriTech, Al-Bario Engineering, and Netsol Technologies.

– People in Pakistan are invited to share information and updates by SMS texting the word FLOODS to 7111. People using the country’s active Humari Awaz (“Our Voice”) cell phone network are able to update each other about the latest flood news, valuable NGO grant and business opportunities and to make new announcements of support by SMS texting the word FLOODS to 7111. The Humari Awaz social network was launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Government College Lahore during her visit to Pakistan in October 2009. Since the launch, the network’s subscribers collectively have sent over 350 million messages. To learn how to use Humari Awaz mobile users need only SMS the words “HELP” or “MADAD” to 7111.

Public Donation Information:

– The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief operations. Cash donations allow aid professionals to procure the exact items needed (often in the affected region); reduce the burden on scarce resources (such as transportation routes, staff time, warehouse space, etc); can be transferred very quickly and without transportation costs; support the economy of the disaster-stricken region; and ensure culturally, dietary, and environmentally appropriate assistance.

– The Government of Pakistan and the Pakistan cellular phone industry are inviting Pakistanis to contribute to the Prime Minister’s Fund for Flood Relief beginning August 5 by texting the amount of their donation to “1234.” A number of NGOs and companies have announced the establishment of trust funds or donations to the Prime Minister’s Fund.

– As Secretary Clinton announced August 18, the U.S. Government, through the Department of State, has established the Pakistan Relief Fund for all to join in the tremendous relief, recovery and reconstruction effort. Individuals, corporations, and other organizations can send much needed help to the people of Pakistan by contributing to this fund at http://www.state.gov. In the U.S., individuals can send $10 through mobile phones by texting “FLOOD” to 27722.

– Working with mGive, Americans are also contributing to Pakistan flood relief by texting the word “SWAT” to 50555. The text results in a donation of $10 to the UNHCR Pakistan Flood Relief Effort. Every $10 helps provide tents and emergency aid to displaced families.

– A list of humanitarian organizations that are accepting cash donations for flood response efforts in Pakistan can be found at http://www.interaction.org. Information about organizations responding to the humanitarian situation in Pakistan may be available at http://www.reliefweb.int.

– More information can be found at:

o www.state.gov/pakistanflooding

o USAID: www.usaid.gov/pakistanflooding

o The Center for International Disaster Information: www.cidi.org or (703) 276-1914

– The in-kind figure is not included in the calculation of the current USG total. It is an estimate of costs to date. The amount will be adjusted as additional information becomes available. – Source

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