The monsoon season this year has certainly not been a blessing for Pakistan. While the monsoon rains have mostly been considered the occasion for jubilation and joy and of the atypical summer rains, the recent spell that has resulted in catastrophic flooding across the nation is definitely not what Pakistanis were looking forward to.
Pakistan is facing its worst flood in the past 80 years, as heavy monsoon rains which have been falling since July 2010 have caused severe flooding on the Indus river plains, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, lower Punjab and parts of Balochistan. The floods have claimed more than 1600 lives and about 20 million people, one-tenth of the Pakistan population, are suffering and/or homeless. An area of over 160,000 square kilometers – about a fifth of Pakistan's total land mass – is submerged under water. Outbreaks of disease due to lack of clean drinking water and sanitation have been reported, as fresh flooding has begun.
The Pakistan government's response to the crisis has been reported as sluggish. The country's president, Asif Ali Zardari, was criticized for embarking on a foreign trip at the time of the catastrophe.
Featured Stories on the Pakistan floods:
03 Aug – Flood Wreaks Havoc In Pakistan
Global Voices links to other blogs:
1 Sep – Pakistan: Postcards From Hell
31 Aug – Pakistan: A Letter To The Youth
19 Aug – Pakistan: Step Up For Relief Efforts
15 Aug – Pakistan Floods: Why Should We Care?
Several bloggers, including some Global Voices contributors in Pakistan, have been actively involved in the relief and rescue efforts. Some of them have been live-blogging their experiences of travelling to flood-prone areas and administering to and distributing relief supplies to those affected by the disaster.
Blogs and Twitter accounts of Global Voices Bloggers:
- Dr. Awab Alvi/@DrAwab
- Faisal Kapadia/@faisalkapadia
- Salman Latif/@SalmanLateef
- Sana Saleem/@sanasaleem
- Ammar Yasir/@AmmarYasir
Relief trip to Muzaffargarh and Mehmood Kot – Uploaded by letusrebuildpakistan
- Pakistan Flood Incident Reporting – SMS your observations on flood with location. Write FL “space” your message and send it to 3441.
- Google Crisis Response (in Urdu)
- Pakistan Floods – Live Blogging by Crisis Commons
- 2010 Pakistan Floods – Wikipedia entry
- ICT4Peace Pakistan Floods Wiki
Organizations accepting donations:
- Central Asia Institute
- The Citizens Foundation
- Developments in Literacy
- Edhi Foundation
- Human Development Foundation
- Humanity First
- Islamic Relief USA
- Relief International
- SHINE Humanity
- International Rescue Committee
- Karachi Relief Trust – Water purifiers
- Pakistan Medical Association
- Aitemad Paksitan
- Gullak T-shirt Drive
- Text FLOODS to 864233 to donate $10 to UNICEF USA
- More links from Pakistan
- Free Airlift of goods by PIA