August 13, 2010

News From the Front: 08/13/2010 - Pakistan

WB commits $900m for flood relief - The World Bank agreed on Thursday to commit $900 million for relief and reconstruction of flood-ravaged areas and to undertake next week a damage and needs assessment (DNA) exercise. (READ MORE)

New Flood Warnings Raise Fears in Pakistan - Pakistan issued new flood warnings on Thursday that could last into the weekend as government and relief agencies strained to confront the toll from a growing humanitarian disaster. (READ MORE)

Pakistan floods: Two 'major peaks' due on Indus river - Flood levels in Pakistan are expected to surge even higher along parts of the already dangerously swollen Indus river. (READ MORE)

Pakistan floods leave resilient farmer in despair - Pakistan's floods wiped out many of farmer Ibrahim Khan's crops, bashing fertile land that produced peaches for export to wealthy Gulf Arab states into a mix of water, mud and stones. (READ MORE)

Disease Threatens Pakistani Flood Victims Anew - Fever and diarrhea are spreading among victims of the worst flooding in Pakistan in decades, officials said Friday amid warnings that storm waters were again surging south along swollen rivers, threatening more destruction. (READ MORE)

Pakistan president visits flooded regions as official response criticised - President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan today made his first visit to an area ravaged by the country's worst ever flood disaster amid mounting criticism of his lack of leadership in the two-week-old crisis. (READ MORE)

How the Floods Help the Taliban - Besides sharing the wrenching loss of loved ones, homes, possessions, farms, livestock, livelihoods, and businesses, many of Pakistan’s millions of flood victims also seem to have another loss in common: their faith in government and its ability to help them. (READ MORE)

Pakistan Fight Stalls for U.S. - The U.S. military has stopped lobbying Pakistan to help root out one of the biggest militant threats to coalition forces in Afghanistan, U.S. officials say, acknowledging that the failure to win better help from Islamabad threatens to damage a linchpin of their Afghan strategy. (READ MORE)

Desperate (to help) housewives - A Honda Civic, a Toyota Corolla and a Mehran drove up and parked in front of the relief camps at the Sukkur Bypass. Fashionably dressed women, about 12 of them, emerged holding cartons of relief goods. (READ MORE)

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