Flooding in Pakistan
Toward the end of July 2010, Pakistan was hit by the strongest monsoon rainfall in 80 years, and many rivers overflowed their banks. Massive flooding covered one fifth of the country.
According to the WHO, around 20 million people were affected by the flooding, and eight million may lose their lives if they do not receive aid.
At least 1,750 died and millions lost their homes.
Tens of thousands of villages are inundated, bridges and roads have been washed away, and the best agricultural land in Pakistan is under water.
The flooding hit just as the peasants were about to go into harvest. Crops were washed away, many animals drowned and people’s house have either been destroyed or washed away by the water. Next year’s harvest may also be affected.
The flooding has caused damages amounting to an estimated $ 44 billion and stands as the most extensive natural disaster in Pakistan’s history.
Currently, Pakistan and the international community struggle to supply the many victims with clean drinking water, food, housing and medical aid. Millions are threatened by malnourishment, malaria, diarrhea, hepatitis and choleara.
After his visit to the country, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon noted that ”Pakistan is facing a tsunami in slow motion”.