Friday, August 27, 2010

The 2010 Pakistan floods began in July 2010 after heavy monsoon rains affected the  khyber pakhtunhwa, sidh lower Punjan as well as parts of Balochistan. It is estimated that two thousand people along with close to a million homes have perished so far.The United Nations estimates over 20 million people are suffering and homeless with over 160,000 square kilometres (62,000 sq mi) affected as a result of the flooding, 2004 Indian tsunami, 2005 Khashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake,

However, the death toll in each of those three disasters was much higher than the number of people killed so far in the floods. exceeding the combined total of the affected of Around a fifth of Pakistan's total land area was underwater due to the flooding.
UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has asked for an initial $460 million for emergency relief, noting that the flood was the worst disaster he had ever seen. 50% of the relief funds requested has been received as of 15 August 2010. The U.N. is concerned that aid is not arriving fast enough, while the World Health Organization reported that ten million people were forced to drink unsafe water.The Pakistani economy has been harmed by extensive damage to infrastructure and crops. Structural damages are estimated to exceed 4 billion  USD and whest crop damages are estimated to be over 500 million USD. Officials estimate the total economic impact to be as much as 43 billion USD.

Current flooding is blamed on unprecedented monsoon rain. The rainfall anomaly map published by NASA shows unusually intense monsoon rains. On 21 June, the Pakistan Meteorological Department cautioned that urban- and flash flooding could occur from July to September in the north parts of the country. The same department recorded above-average rainfall in the months of July and Aug 2010, and monitored the flood wave progression . Interestingly, some of the discharge levels recorded are comparable to those seen during the floods of 1988, 1995, and 1997


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