Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pakistan's Floods

pakistan_floods_464 The flood in Pakistan are really quite terrifying in their sheer scale. BBC News has a good map that gives an indication of scale. The original comes with labels pointing to key features; I can't reproduce both the map and the labels at the same time.

According to the UN, more than 13 million people are now affected.

The coverage in the Australian media has not been especially good, far less than the coverage of the previous earthquakes. Further, there appears at time to have been a greater focus on the nature of the Pakistani Government response as compared to the nature of the tragedy itself.

If the newspaper reports are in any way correct, the long term damage done to Pakistan and its people by the floods could be very large indeed. 

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