Floods in Pakistan – the worst in living memory – continue to decimate the countryside. Sadly, more rains this weekend threaten to make things worse.
14 million people – more than those impacted by the 2004 tsunami and the Haiti earthquake combined – face immediate risks from water-borne disease and dehydration. News reports say
that up to one-fifth of the entire country is under water.
As flood waters head south, a trail of livestock corpses remain in their wake. 288,000 homes and 700 schools have already been destroyed. The Pakistan government warned more floods will
come as monsoon rains show no signs of letting up.
The scale of this disaster is unprecedented in terms of people affected and the long term implications on people's livelihoods, not to mention potential rise in conflict and threat to the
stability of the whole country. This situation has the making of a protracted disaster where natural catastrophe and conflict intersect.