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April 6. Pakistan still have a long way to restore because of the devastating floods that have occurred in the past year.
Some areas of Sindh (The third largest in Pakistan — annotated. Translator)
in southern Pakistan are still under water, and hundreds of thousands of people are still living in temporary camps. On the restoration of millions of homes, bridges, and schools will go for years. As John Barrent, one of those who are engaged in flood relief, the Department for International Development, United Kingdom, that "it is difficult to imagine how it was disastrous for the country: the amount of water that struck Pakistan, was phenomenal."
After nearly six months after the disastrous floods in Pakistan, the country is still in need of additional help. The floods have affected provinces such as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh, as well as some parts of Baluchistan in July 2010, stripped the house more than 20 million people. The disaster has affected more people compared to those who have suffered from these combined disasters like the earthquake in Kashmir in 2005, Hurricane Katrina (2005, USA), Hurricane Nargis (2008, Myanmar), the Indian Ocean tsunami and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, according to the magazine Foreign Policy. Shamshad Akhtar from Peshawar (The center of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — annotated. Translator),
an elderly woman who is now with his family on a visit to the U.S., told us a story. "The flood happened in a flash, quickly," — she said. "Fearing that the water enters the house, I scored a slit at the entrance to the house of any rags they could find." Since the floods, which began the night, there was no electricity and the only way to find out whether there will be water in the house could be using … feet. Akhtar said that she still carried, despite the fact that the water rose up to the porch and lit the car her son to the level of the tires. She and her family for a long time did not eat meat because they could not trust the unscrupulous sellers, corny sell meat animals killed by floods.
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When asked to share any more memories of the Pakistan floods, Akhtar added that when her daughter and her family crossed Svott valley, located 160 km from Islamabad — Pakistan's capital — they are not able to cross the bridge. Flood water flowed across the bridge. Waiting for the water drop, they saw an adult woman in the water. With her had two young children, is struggling to hold on. The man jumped into the water to save them, but as long as he saved a woman, the children claimed the rapid flow of water. Akhtar added, "When everything around covered with water, the bodies of flood victims are buried at the bottom, which leads to a strong stench, which is still felt in the air."
Pakistan's National Agency for Disaster Management has worked on providing emergency shelter, food and clean water to flood victims. But ostaytetsya many problems: people who continue to live in temporary housing in need of warm clothes and homes because of the harsh winter. Perhaps more than ever, Pakistan needs help to restore the buildings and infrastructure. Bridges and rail connections temporarily restored, but they need to be improved. More than 10 000 schools destroyed, leaving a large number of children can not be educated.
In addition, children are separated from their families, and thus are particularly vulnerable to traffickers who try by abduction and sale of children to make ends meet. Akhtar observed that "people from despair more worried about their refrigerators or refrigerated" than their children. This is — a terrible script that demonstrates the need for additional assistance from the world community.
Health and sanitation — the following problems faced by the victims of the floods. Flood victims are brought face to face with such dangerous diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, skin and respiratory tract. Most of the people have no access to clean water, no sanitation, so that diseases spread through water, are likely to continue and further spread. According to Akhtar, "During the flood, people zalezshie the high land areas without access to clean water, and packages of food dropped from aircraft, it was hard to eat because people did not have utensils, and their hands were very dirty. "
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Up to this point, Pakistan received only a third of the promised money by the international community. Marie Lall, an expert on Pakistan at the Royal Institute of British BBC reported in August 2010 that donors hesitant to provide money directly to the government of Pakistan because this money can get to the corrupt political leadership of Pakistan. Member of the National Council for Disaster Management, said International Herald Tribune (International English-language newspaper — annotated. Translator),
that "the flood and its consequences — the forgotten history, as neither donators substantial financial resources, nor the federal government are not active enough, as the Council of common interests (Maybe it is about the Pakistani authorities — annotated. Translator) decided that the main responsibility lies with the local authorities. "
The European Union promised $ 187 million, but only provided the goods in the amount of $ 87.5 million through the UN and other NGOs. Japan pledged $ 520 million, and provided only $ 20 million. The United States has promised to give $ 571 million through the United Nations and non-governmental organizations, but the money is still not forthcoming.
Most Western media left the news of the floods in Pakistan in the background. Millions of Pakistanis still need help. Unfortunately, many Americans do not seem to know how catastrophic floods in Pakistan due to the fact that the media did not cover this story. If you want to do anything about the situation, please support organizations such as Islamic Relief USA (Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) — a non-profit humanitarian agency, the followers of Islam living in the United States, assisted by fellow Muslims around the world — annotated. Translator) or the Children to the UN. Every bit of help counts.
Translation: Anna Krasnov