Pakistan Floods of 2010. By Kaila Rhodes, Amy Conway, Kyle Andrus, Sierra Stallings, and Melanie Strickland. The Devastating Floods of 2010.
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By Kaila Rhodes, Amy Conway, Kyle Andrus, Sierra Stallings, and Melanie Strickland
The July 2010 floods, caused by swift and powerful monsoon, devastated nearly 11 percent of the land in Pakistan destroying homes, infrastructure, and crops, displacing thousands, causing disease, tension between citizens and the government and the deaths of hundreds of Pakistanis.
Malnutrition ~ 70% of Pakistanis didn’t have adequate amounts of food and water available to them.
Terrorist Attacks ~ Vulnerable to attacks by the Taliban and other extremist groups
Zardari, who left the country after the floods began and continued on his trip to France and Britain even when the scale of the disaster became apparent, is the focus of much of the anger.
The floods that ravaged the northwest and displaced more than a million people are testing an administration heavily dependent on foreign aid and that has a poor record in crisis management - whether fighting Taliban insurgents or easing chronic power cuts
Salman Shahid, spokesman for the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (Foundation for the Welfare of Humanity), said the Islamist group had set up 13 relief and six medical camps, and a dozen ambulances provided emergency treatment. Several other Islamist groups also helped out with the relief effort. But some analysts said the Islamists' relief camps in the flood-hit areas had set a dangerous precedent. “It is very likely that they will exploit the governance vacuum, in the wake of this tragedy, to fuel their own recruitment," said columnist Huma Yusuf.
Also, the UN has pledged $10m to help in the crisis, as has the US, which has also rushed rescue helicopters and boats to Pakistan to reach survivors who have been cut off by the floods. The devastating flooding in Pakistan has spurred a macabre race between extremist Taliban Islamists and the West. Both sides are competing to arrive first with aid and thus win the hearts of locals in remote regions who have felt neglected or abandoned by their government for decades. The flooding has exacerbated those sentiments.
The Pakistani people are “seething with anger” but remain “too disjointed and weary to stir up action against the government and join Islamist insurgents”
“Why doesn’t the world care about Pakistan? Because they live in Pakistan.”