Pakistan Floods Displace 3-million
One of the worst natural catastrophes in recent history has displaced at least three million Pakistanis and wrecked infrastructure that was developed over the last 100 years.
It’s true, we saw it on television, heard it on the news and read about it in the papers. The worst Monsoon floods in the history of Pakistan have left some 3 million people homeless and almost 2,000 dead, UN reports said. The government has announced a state of emergency and appealed for international aid. The death toll will most probably increase as the rains continue. The military-wrecked North-western Swat Valley is said to be one of the worst effected areas. Rescue workers are hampered by strong water currents and destroyed roads and bridges. Authorities fear that the floods are now expanding southwards towards Pakistan’s Baluchistan, Punjab and Sindh provinces as further embankments burst to cover more low-lying territories. International relief organizations are handing each other the door-knob as they rush humanitarian aid and medicine into the region, which is in dire need of help. Authorities say their biggest problem is clean drinking water for the population as they fear outbreaks of Cholera and other diseases. All major infrastructural developments built in the last 100 years was reportedly destroyed overnight. Millions of Pakistani cried out that authorities were slow to issue flood warnings as no alarms were made in advance.