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Flood In Pakistan 2010 (Article 1)

The summer of 2010 produced Pakistan’s worst flooding in 80 years. Nearly 20 million people an eighth of the population have been significantly
affected. According to United Nations 10 million are affected and expected to rise. More than half of them are without shelter.

Flooding began on July 22, 2010, in the province of Baluchistan. The swollen waters then poured across the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province in the
northwest before flowing south into Punjab and Sindh. Around 8 million people have died in Pakistan, during this greatest flood in history Even as
Pakistani and international relief officials scrambled to save people and property, they despaired that the nation’s worst natural calamity had
ruined just about every physical strand that knit this country together — roads, bridges, schools, health clinics, electricity and communications.

The flooding, which began with the arrival of the annual monsoons, has by now affected about one-fifth of the country — nearly 62,000 square
miles or an area larger than England, according to the United Nations.

Aid workers warned of a triple threat: loss of crops, loss of seed for the next planting season and loss of a daily income. Worries have also risen
that the disaster will destabilize the country in the months to come and aggravate the already deep regional, sectarian and class fissures.

Poorly handled relief efforts, corruption and favoritism have added to the distrust that many Pakistanis already feel for their civilian political
leaders, while the armed forces have burnished their image performing rescue and relief missions along the length of the flooded areas.

The destruction could set Pakistan back many years, if not decades, further weaken its feeble civilian administration and add to the burdens on its
military.

The country's infrastructure was devastated by the floods in the summer of 2010. More than 5,000 miles of roads and railways were washed
away, along with some 7,000 schools and more than 400 healths...

Flood In Pakistan 2010 (Article 2)


The devastating flood in Pakistan had destroyed more than half of the economy of the country. The country which was already facing several
other crises including terrorism, poverty, corruption, illiteracy has now hit by another challenge in the form of flood. At this crucial time, the world
has pledge to help Pakistan in any form.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Pakistan on Sunday August 16 2010 to boost relief efforts as concerns grew about the 20 million
people made homeless in one of the worst disasters to hit the country.

Authorities said more flood surges were coursing down the River Indus and other waterways in southern Sindh province and were expected to
peak later Sunday, causing fresh deluges. The river, which in better times irrigates the crops of millions of farmers, is 15 miles (25 kilometers) wide
at some points 25 times wider than during normal monsoon seasons.

The United Nations said the rate of diarrheal disease continued to increase among survivors. Cholera, which can spread rapidly after floods and
other disasters, had also been detected in the northwest, where the floods first hit more than two weeks ago.

About 1,500 people have died in the disaster and more than 7.9 million acres (3.2 million hectares) of cotton, sugar cane and wheat crops
destroyed. The International Monetary Fund has warned of dire economic consequences in a country already reliant on foreign aid to keep its
economy afloat and one key to the U.S.-led war against al-Qaida and the Taliban.

People are hesitating to give fund to Government because of the corruption allegations against government as it was also seen at the time of
Earth Quake disaster five years back.

Flood In Pakistan 2010 (Article 3)


Pakistan's worst floods in recorded history have killed more than 1,750 people and affected 20 million - more than a tenth of the population.

A massive cascade of waters, triggered by heavy monsoon rains in late July, swept through the country, washing away homes, roads, bridges,
crops and livestock. It ploughed a swathe of destruction from northern Pakistan to the southern province of Sindh.

The United Nations estimates 10 million people urgently need food and shelter. Many are living in wretched conditions beside roads, sleeping in
the open with little food and clean water.

The authorities and aid agencies have struggled to help the survivors, many of whom have lost everything and say they received no warnings that
raging waters were heading their way.
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Initial fears of a second wave of deaths caused by water- and insect-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and malaria have eased as the
floodwaters receded.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that Pakistan could face food shortages if its farmers miss the September sowing
season.

The floods have damaged millions of hectares of cultivatable land and crops, and many farmers have lost their seeds. Aid workers say water could
stagnate on the surface for months, making planting difficult. And at least 1.2 million livestock have died, crippling poor families who depend on
them for food and draught power, says the FAO. The government estimates the country has suffered up to $43 billion in damage.

SLOW AID
The southern Punjab and Sindh provinces, where the majority of Pakistanis live, have been badly affected.
The flooding has also devastated parts of northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, which has seen some of the fiercest fighting in Pakistan's war
against Taliban insurgents. People in the Swat Valley - who had been trying to rebuild their lives following a massive military operation against the
Taliban last year - have been particularly badly affected.
Pakistan's...

Flood In Pakistan 2010 (Article 4)


Pakistan won more aid pledges Tuesday after concerns that money is not coming through fast enough to help 20 million people hit by
unprecedented floods and stave off a “second wave of death” from disease.

Torrential monsoon rain triggered catastrophic floods which have affected a fifth of the country, wiping out villages, rich farm land, and
infrastructure and killing an estimated 1,600 people in the nation's worst ever natural disaster.

The United Nations last week launched an immediate appeal for 460 million dollars to cover the next 90 days and UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited
Pakistan at the weekend, calling on the world to quicken its aid pledges.

Officials now estimate that 35 per cent of the funds have been committed.
Japan on Tuesday came forward to pledge an additional 10 million dollars in emergency aid and Australia promised an extra 21.6 million dollars.

“There are grave risks that the flooding will worsen Pakistan's social circumstances but also its long-term economic circumstances will be
potentially devastated,” Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith told ABC Radio.

State media in Saudi Arabia said the country had raised 20.5 million dollars in aid on the first day of a national campaign for the Pakistani floods.

Turkey has also doubled financial aid for flood-stricken Pakistan to 10 million dollars (7.8 million euros) after urgent pleas from Islamabad and the
United Nations, the foreign ministry said.

“In view of the increasing toll of the flood disaster, the government has decided to extend another five million dollars to Pakistan,” the ministry
said in a statement late Monday.

In addition, it said, Turkey has begun transporting 140 tonnes of relief supplies worth more than one million dollars.
Flood survivors cramped into sweltering tent cities or camping out along roadsides have hit out furiously against Pakistan's weak civilian
government.

From the desk of “Ubaid Ali”