Over two thousand people have died and over a million homes have been destroyed since the flooding began.
Approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's total land area was underwater at the peak of the flooding. Government is preparing to evacuate close to 500 thousand people due to threat of new flood waves. In a report, “Six months into the floods” the agency warned that millions of people were still in dire need and that the situation could deteriorate further. Oxfam says that although Pakistan’s floods are the biggest emergency of recent times with more than 18 million people affected, the funding for the response has been woefully slow. Five months after floodwaters washed away homes and villages in Pakistan, some parts of the country are still underwater. TranscriptJUDY WOODRUFF: More than five months after floods swamped Pakistan, the process of recovery is barely beginning. FRED DE SAM LAZARO: Kamal Majidulla says its just one of the challenges that will slow the recovery from floods that blanketed almost all corners of Pakistan.
And I think that a fair bit of that has to do with the kind of coverage Pakistan gets around the world, which is, sadly, quite untrue, because you can't sort of take specific little areas where a conflagration is taking place -- and it's a serious conflagration, and it needs to be eradicated, no question about it. FRED DE SAM LAZARO: Although extremists do live in this area, local aid worker Maqsood Alam says they have caused no trouble after the flood. But he also borrowed about $2,000, twice this family's annual income, from neighbors and relatives to help rebuild the simple dwelling that houses an extended family of 10. KALA KHAN (through translator): I saw on TV that, some places, the floods were so drastic, not only did people's crops and homes get washed away, but also their children.
FRED DE SAM LAZARO: For these worst-affected flood victims, most in the downstream Sindh Province, life will likely remain on hold for several months, even years.
FRED DE SAM LAZARO: And, ironically, amid all this flooding, Kamal says Pakistan actually faces a water shortage over the long term, thanks to inefficient use of groundwater on its farmland and the prospect of disappearing Himalayan glaciers that feed this country's rivers.
Most of those who are still homeless are located in the southern province of Sindh, one of the hardest hit districts by the flood. About 20 million people were affected in the natural disaster and 1.7 million houses were damaged or destroyed, said the UNHCR. The flood also wiped out more than 2.2 million hectares of arable land, depriving rural communities of food and resources, said the Red Cross. ISLAMABAD: A senior EU aid official warned Friday that flood waters could linger up to another six months in Pakistan, where he said the magnitude of the crisis meant people were still going without aid. Unprecedented monsoon rains triggered catastrophic flooding across Pakistan in July and August, ravaging an area roughly the size of England and affecting 21 million people in the poverty-stricken country’s worst natural disaster. Parts of Sindh province remain under water in southern Pakistan, where people are still camping on roadsides after the floods washed away their homes and swallowed up rice and wheat fields.


UN and Western officials have described the floods as the biggest natural disaster to face the international aid community and Zangl said the magnitude of the crisis was “tremendous”. Under US pressure, the Pakistani cabinet this week agreed to increase income tax in a bid to raise 470 million dollars for the victims of the floods. Millions of Pakistanis, displaced by the worst flooding in the country's history earlier this year, are now faced with another major threat.
SAWLANI: It's been five months since Pakistan was struck by the worst floods in its history. SAWLANI: In northwestern Pakistan, the Jalozai camp is home to about 70,000 refugees - most of whom were displaced by the floods, while others fled Taliban strongholds in tribal areas. SAWLANI: The UN has called for almost two billion dollars in relief funding ever since the floods reached their peak in August.
The Pakistani government argues it's doing all it can and is about to finalise a national strategy for reconstruction and rehabilitation. One-fifth of Pakistan's land area was ravaged by the monsoon floods that affected 20.3 million people. A hundred days into the flooding crisis in Pakistan millions remain in need of immediate help, a press release of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released here said Friday.
Of the estimated 18 million people affected by the floods close to 7.2 million are in the southern Sindh province, where almost one million homes have been destroyed.
A hundred days into the flooding crisis in Pakistan millions remain in urgent need of support, after heavy monsoon rains caused landslides and flood waters to sweep away entire communities. The humanitarian crisis is still wide spread, with displaced people scattered across vast areas and floodwaters still engulfing their homes, particularly in Sindh. Out of an estimated 18 million people affected by floods, spanning one-fifth of the country, close to 7.2 million are in Sindh, where almost one million homes have been destroyed. According to official estimates from the government of Pakistan and other sources, about 28 million people are affected, and about 10 million people are homeless. According to the government of Sindh, more than 10 million people are living in camps after their homes flooded.
More than three months after floods first struck Pakistan, waters still lingered west of the Indus River. As October 2010 wore on, the massive floodwater lake in Pakistan’s Sindh Province showed little sign of abating.
What the mainstream news never seems to point out: The Pakistan "monsoon" rains that began the flooding started in the Swat Valley, called the Switzerland of Pakistan, which normally dose NOT get monsoon rains, much less disastrous monsoons.
The United Nations estimates that more than twenty million people are injured or homeless as a result of the flooding, exceeding the combined total of individuals affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing areas of southern Pakistan as rising floodwaters breach more defences and inundate towns.


The crisis in Pakistan is far from over and could get worse, international aid agency Oxfam warned today, six months on from the nation’s devastating floods. Many landless farmers are scared to go home due to debts owed to their landlords, often for the crops that were washed away in the flood. Some 10,000 schools and rural health centers were damaged by the floods and important infrastructure was destroyed or badly damaged, including water and sanitation systems, bridges and roads.
The impact of the floods in Pakistan will be felt for years to come, so the more we can do now the quicker children and families will recover, and that means urgently needed funds to do our job better," Toole said in a statement. The situation for those impacted by the floods is desperate-- many have lost what little they owned, either under flood waters or from having to sell animals and personal items in order to see their families through the disaster. In the north, the first snow has fallen in the mountains, and agricultural communities all along the Indus have witnessed their crops and livestock disappear.
Compared to the month before, water levels have fallen in the floodwater lake, but only slightly.
A dozen weeks after the first floods of the 2010 monsoon season, water levels on the Indus River had fallen throughout most of the country, with some lingering high levels near the coast.
All three images use a combination of infrared and visible light to increase the contrast between water and land.
Apparently trapped by levees that were unable to prevent flooding, water rests on what would normally be dry land, leaving nearby communities underwater. According to reports, the worst floods in the past 80 years have inundated an area the size of Italy. But even though water levels fell along the Indus, the floodwater west of the river basin remained trapped.
This image also shows the development of a floodwater lake west of the river, following a dam breach. This would first be noticed on land, especially land subject to being flooded, as such a change under the sea would escape notice unless a tsunami buoy sounded an alarm. The Indus River itself appears to have returned to normal water levels, although a lack of vegetation in the river valley suggests that floodwaters swept away river valley plants.
What should be noted is that the flooding, ostensibly from rains, they getting worse than anticipated from the rains alone. These farmers say people are down to selling what little assets they have, like livestock that survived the floods. What should be watched is how well the flood waters drain, and whether a drop in elevation is noted along the Indus River and its outlet into the Indian Ocean.




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