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Pakistan Floodwaters Keep on Coming

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Posted on Aug 27, 2010
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People in Pakistan’s Sindh province head for higher ground as floodwaters inundate the region.

New flooding in Pakistan continues to take a devastating toll on the country, as floodwaters sweep southward and have led to the displacement of an estimated 1 million people in Sindh province in just two days. More than 17 million Pakistanis have been affected by the August downpours, and more than 1,600 have died. —JCL

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As many as one million people have been displaced in Pakistan’s Sindh province since Wednesday, as the country’s devastating floods sweep southward.

New flooding in the Thatta and Qambar-Shahdadkot districts, caused by a bloated Indus River, forced the mass displacement over the past 48 hours, Maurizio Giuliano, a UN spokesman, told reporters.

Though around 800,000 people throughout the country remain so isolated that they can only be reached by air, Sindh—through which the Indus flows south toward the Arabian Sea—is becoming the focus of concern.

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By rico, suave, August 30, 2010 at 5:33 am Link to this comment

Pat:

Police armed with…?

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By PatrickHenry, August 30, 2010 at 3:14 am Link to this comment

Capt Suave,

Police.

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By rico, suave, August 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment

And once all that “survival gear, tents, blankets, water purification, food and seed” are offloaded in Pakistan, how will it be protected from the gangs and militias who will surely take it and try to sell it?

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By Muhammad Ilyas, August 28, 2010 at 3:38 am Link to this comment
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We actually have a pretty bad condition. Please forget nationalism for some time and donate for affectees in Pakistan.

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By PatrickHenry, August 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment

I hope those relief industries i.e. survival gear, tents, blankets, water purification, food and seed, are booming, hire extra shifts.  Produce a stockpile.

There’s much more need of it in the world today than armaments.

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