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Pakistan: inundated with problems

Saadia Iqbal's picture

The world has been facing a lot of natural disasters lately, what with devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, and now the flooding in Pakistan. Pakistan is no stranger to hardship. From poverty to illiteracy to political instability, the country has faced all sorts of development challenges since its creation in 1947.

The people of Pakistan certainly seem to have an indomitable spirit, but right now they really need help. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the floods have killed around 1,600 people and severely affected 14 million more. Many are also at severe risk of cholera and other water-borne diseases. Here are inside looks into the situation from Jemima Khan and Daniyal Muenuddin.

The World Bank has committed $900 million in financial support, and many other international organizations and NGOs are hard at work in the relief efforts.

Did you know that today is World Humanitarian Day? It presents a special opportunity to do what you can. Here are some organizations through which you can help out:

International Committee of the Red Cross

Disasters Emergency Committee

Pakistan International Airlines


World Food Programme


Submitted by kinza on
I think these years pakistan is dealing with more than its fair share of problems. Be it wars or poverty and now natural calamities. Just recovered from an earth quake Pakistan has now to deal with a devastating flood which according to the un has caused more destruction than the 2008 earthquake in Pakistan or the Katrina storm in the US. So please help Pakistan in these difficult times for the sake of humanity.

Asif Mahmood Jah: Me and my team is grateful to Al-mighty Allah who helped us in providing shelter to the shelter less flood affectees with the help of friends / donors / well wishers / philanthropists in Pakistan and Abroad. The project was started immediately after Eid-ul Fitr and we promised to provide shelter before Eid-ul-Azha. You will be glad to know that 200 houses under this project are near completion and most of the flood affectees under “Apna Ghar Project” will celebrate this EID in their newly built houses. Visit: