Pakistan’s muddy waters

The UN has launched an appeal for $357 million to help millions cope with floods in Pakistan that have killed more than 300 people and damaged or destroyed 1.2 million homes in areas still reeling from last year’s catastrophic flooding.

IN MINUTES

News and events — visually

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:

S AN P A K I N 18T342,721 7, O
POPULATI
• Flat Indus plain in east • Mountains in north and northwest • Balochistan plateau in west • Mostly hot, dry desert • Temperate in northwest • Arctic in north

WELCOME TO

A ected areas
Total Area:

Monsoon-triggered flash floods kill scores over past three weeks

Islamabad

A F G H A N I STA N
Languages in Pakistan
Other 8% Brahui 1% Hindko 2% Balochi 3% Urdu 8% (o cial) Pashtu 8% Siraiki 10% Sindhi 12%

796,095 sq. km
(slightly less than twice the size of California)

Lahore

TERRAIN

AGRICULTURE
Products

INDUSTRIES

Baluchistan province:
Five districts flooded

PA K I STA N
PUNJAB Quetta

• Cotton • Rice • Wheat • Fruits • Sugarcane
Vegetables

iv

CLIMATE

Top 5 world floods by death toll, millions
Huang He (Yellow) River, China 1931 Huang He (Yellow) River, China 1887 Huang He (Yellow) River, China 1938 Huang He (Yellow) River, China 1642 Ru River, Banqiao Dam, China 1642

More than 4.2 million acres of land flooded, 1.6 million acres of crops destroyed

In

• Milk • Beef • Mutton • Eggs

Sindh province:

d

1M-3.7M 900,000 - 2M
500,000-900,000 300,000
Pakistan flooding
2000
2003: Sindh province was badly a ected when above normal monsoon rainfall caused flooding. Flooding also hit Karachi. At least 484 people died and some 4,476 villages in the province were a ected.

SINDH

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• Textiles & apparel • Food processing • Pharmaceuticals • Construction materials • Paper products • Fertilizer • Shrimp

Punjabi

48%
BALUCHISTAN

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Punjab province:

R

Dengue fever has killed 28 people and infected 5,000. Outbreak worst in Lahore

Hyderabad
ARABIAN SEA
Fruit and vegetable supplies plunge 75%, prices double. 2005

INDIA

Karachi:

100 miles 160 km
2010
2009: Karachi floods. At least 26 people died and hundreds injured. The floods are the result of the worst rains in the region in thirty years. 2010: Almost all of Pakistan was a ected when massive flooding caused by record breaking rains hit Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. At least 2,000 people died and almost 20 million people were a ected.

230,000

Sources: CIA World Fact Book; Wikipedia; Graphic News; United Nations

2007: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and coastal Balochistan were badly a ected due to monsoon rainfall. At least 152 people died in KhyberPakhtunkwain in July and August, while 815 people died in Balochistan and Sindh.

SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY TARA CORRAN/QMI AGENCY

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