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Floods in Pakistan Expose Poverty and Malnutrition

Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 8:15 am

Young mother with her child in Sindh Province, where Concern is supporting thousands of Internally Displaced People to rebuild their lives after the devastating flooding of 2010. Photo: Pakistan, Concern Worldwide

By Mubashir Ahmed, Concern Assistant Country Director in Pakistan

Last summer’s massive floods swept through and destroyed lives, houses, crop lands and road infrastructure, causing enormous suffering and damages across an area the size of Italy. The disaster has drawn a significant emergency and recovery response on the part of numerous International NGOs, taking them to often remote areas where any kind of aid had been sparse for many years.
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The Human Cost of Pakistan’s Disaster

Posted on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at 8:26 am

A family at their tent in Farooqabad Village, Charsadda District. Photo: Jennifer O'Gorman, Concern Worldwide

Last week Mubashir Ahmed Concern’s Assistant Country Director visited a school-turned-distribution center in Charsadda, located in the province of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KPK), where he met with several people whose lives are hanging in the balance as a result of the recent flooding in Pakistan.

Single mother of three Mina Gul was working as a maid, she told me, before the floodwaters raged through her village of Sanamgari in the Charsadda district of Pakistan’s northwest. She was thankful, she said, that the waters came in the night because otherwise she may not have been with her family to take them to safety. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistan floods: pulling people back from the brink

Posted on Monday, August 16th, 2010 at 12:40 pm
Flood affected children in Charsadda district. Photo: Anya Raza/Concern Worldwide

Flood affected children in Charsadda district. Photo: Anya Raza/Concern Worldwide

Good news is rare as Pakistan’s greatest natural disaster continues to unfold before our eyes. But after nearly two weeks of trying, we have finally reached desperate flood victims in two remote districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province, Kohistan and Shangla. These were among the worst hit in the disaster but the rains and flooded roads held us back, and even the government couldn’t get there at first.  The good news is now that we are there we can began to bring in food and relief items that will literally save lives – these people are on the brink. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistan: Is Enormous Suffering Being Overlooked?

Posted on Friday, August 6th, 2010 at 8:51 am

It is monsoon season in Pakistan: rain is not unusual this time of year. But starting on Friday of last week, the Concern team and I watched with literal horror as unprecedented levels of extremely heavy, sustained rain poured down in the mountainous areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK) and other areas—triggering the worst floods ever recorded in Pakistan.

Rivers burst their banks and flooded crops, homes, and roads with frightening speed, in many areas entirely communities. Roads and bridges have been cut off—and many villages in KPK are unreachable, particularly in Swat and Charsadda Districts.

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