August 18, 2010

News From the Front: 08/18/2010 - Pakistan

UN says secured more Pakistan flood relief funds - Nearly half the $459 million needed for initial relief in Pakistan's worst ever floods has been secured after days of lobbying donors and warnings that the country faces a spiraling humanitarian catastrophe, the United Nations said on Wednesday. (READ MORE)

In Flooded Pakistan, a Lack of Basic Supplies - With disastrous flooding threatening to spread, the United Nations acknowledged Wednesday that the shortage of the most basic supplies — shelter, food and drinking water — presented the biggest challenge for aid workers in Pakistan. (READ MORE)

'Children main victim of diseases' - Former Secretary-General Pakistan Medical Association, Karachi, Dr Qaisar Sajjad said that gastroenteritis, typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A and E will badly affect the internally displaced persons (IDPs), particularly children, as they have no access to clean drinking water and hygienic food. (READ MORE)

Flood-hit Pakistan faces economic catastrophe - Pakistan faces economic catastrophe after the devastating floods that have wiped out farmland and ruined infrastructure, with feared losses of billions of dollars likely to set back growth by years. (READ MORE)

Insurgents, Police Clash Amid Pakistan Flooding - Militants exploiting the flooding chaos in Pakistan clashed with police overnight, authorities said Wednesday, as desperately needed international donations for the millions of victims picked up pace three weeks after the deluge began. (READ MORE)

Militants, police clash in Peshawar, Khyber - Militants attacked police posts in Pakistan's northwest and killed two civilians active in an anti-Taliban militia, police said Wednesday. (READ MORE)

Gilani taken in by another ‘relief camp’ - The embarrassment faced by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani after a recent visit to a flood-hit area over reports about ‘fake medical camps’ set up for his ‘photo sessions’ was clearly not enough to deter those who choreograph such events. (READ MORE)

Sectarian killings resurface - Protests and violence crippled life in some areas of the city on Tuesday after a fresh outbreak of murders on sectarian grounds. (READ MORE)

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