Monday, August 16, 2010
Pakistan yakatishwa tamaa na jamii ya kimataifa
Maafisa waandamizi katika serikali ya Pakistan wamekosoa kile walichosema kujivuta kwa jamii ya kimataifa katika kutoa msaada, kufuatia janga la mafuriko lililoikumba nchi hiyo, ambalo ndiyo baya zaidi kuwahi kutokea katika historia.Balozi wa kudumu wa Pakistan katika Umoja wa Mataifa mjini Geneva, Zamir Akram, aliambia BBC kuwa wakati ukubwa wa uharibifu huo ulitambulika, hadi sasa hakuna msaada wa kutosha uliowafikia waathiriwa.
Alisema kuwa watu millioni kumi na nne waliathiriwa, wakati kukiwa na hofu ya ya mafuriko mapya katika majimbo ya Punjab na Sind.
Mashirika ya misaada yametoa onyo jipya kuhusu matatizo ya kiafya yaliyosababishwa na ukosefu wa maji safi ya kunywa.
Pakistan Experiencing The Aftermath Of Their Own Hurricane Katrina
Since Hurricane Katrina (and the sequel Hurricane Rita) all has been quiet on the United States coastline. Outside of rain clouds stuck over Texas, there has really been the opposite problem of near drought situations in California, Georgia, and Florida. As odd as it may seem, we could use a lite hurricane, you know, minus the winds and destruction.
In South-East Asia the people experience yearly Monsoon rains that regularly displace and kill thousands.
Last week Pakistan was hit by Cyclone Yemyin. Cyclones and hurricanes are one in the same, though a weather geek might protest, because hurricanes spin clockwise and cyclones spin counter-clockwise. Big deal. Either way you’re gonna get wet.
In Pakistan, 250,000 people have been displaced in the aftermath of Cyclone Yemyin, their homes washed away in the torrential rains and subsequent floods.
While the rains are an unwanted, yet expected event, from the mouths of locals, this year they’ve begun early and this storm in particular was more more fierce than the norm.
These words sound familiar?
From the BBC..
“Many of them are without electricity or drinking water..”
“Eyewitnesses say there is almost no sign of government relief getting to the affected areas.”
“Much of the area is completely devastated, with trees uprooted, electricity wires down and roads destroyed.”
“The worst damage..
was caused by waters overrunning from the Mirani dam.”
Massive floods in Pakistan
Flooding brought on by heavy rains in Pakistan is creating a humanitarian and national disaster not seen in generations, a U.N. official said.
Heavy monsoon rains are soaking parts of Asia, triggering massive floods throughout the region. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said more than 1,600 people have died and another 6 million are in need of emergency assistance.
Pakistani authorities said around 2.6 million acres -- around 4,000 square miles -- of crop land are under water and more than 300,000 homes were destroyed.
"Thousands of villages and towns in low-lying areas have not seen flooding on this scale in generations," Andrej Mahecic, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, was quoted by the United Nations as saying.
OCHA said it received more than $44 million for flood relief, with another $91 million pledged. The U.S. Agency for International Development said it was committing another $20 million in financial assistance.
"Our response is consistent with our humanitarian values and our deep commitment to Pakistan," a statement from the U.S. State Department read.
Heavy rain and flooding have cut parts of Pakistan off from the rest of the country, though U.N. agencies said weather conditions have improved.