Thursday, 27 January 2011

Pakistan floods + six months

Six months after Pakistan's worst monsoon floods in 80 years, at least 170,000 people are still living in relief camps, and huge areas of land are covered by contaminated water, while the charity Oxfam says that more and more people are suffering from malnutrition.

The Pakistan government is due to halt most emergency relief this month, but only just over half of the £1.26bn that the UN wanted to raise to help rebuild the country has been secured.

Oxfam says it is helping nearly 2 million people, and that, with temperatures plummeting below zero, more than 200,000 people are ill with chest complaints. It has also warned that so many crops were ruined, and so many farmers unable to plant that food could run short.

Altogether about 1,750 people were drowned in the floods, while up to 1.2 million homes were destroyed. (See also my blogs of 23 Aug, 4 and & Sept, 2010.)

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