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Collapse of Pakistan May Have Started

Posted by feww on August 3, 2010

As the First Phase of Pakistan’s Collapse Begins, the Prospect of Civil War Looms

The worst ever floods in Pakistan have severely impacted at least 3 million people: UNICEF

The flooding catastrophe has claimed the lives of up to 3,000 people in less than a week, and the damage will likely worsen dramatically as more heavy monsoon rains are forecast.

Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and people’s livelihood have been washed away as entire villages are submerged by floodwater.

There’re severe shortages of drinking water, food, shelter, medicine and sanitary material. It’s only a matter of time before water-borne diseases such as cholera could create epidemics.

“Most roads linking flood-hit areas have been blocked and 91 bridges have been either washed away or damaged, so access to affected areas is still a challenge.” Adnan Khan, spokesman for the Crisis Management Authority in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was quoted as saying.

“The main problem there is outbreak of diseases, especially in Nowshera district where hundreds of dead animals are lying on the ground and there is a shortage of machinery to remove them.”

“Since the flood hit our area, I did not see any food or relief packets from the government. Their offices have been washed away or damaged,” said a local school teacher in Swat Valley.

Residents take shelter on high grounds from floods in Risalpur, located in Nowshera District, in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province July 30, 2010. ACredit: REUTERS/Adrees Latif. Image may be subject to copyright.

Deluge Buries Pakistan Province

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The above images were captured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on July 31, 2010 (top), and August 1, 2009 (bottom ). “These images show the Indus River in northwestern Pakistan. Both images use a combination of infrared and visible light to increase the contrast between water and land. Water varies in color from electric blue to navy. Vegetation is green and bare ground is pinkish brown. Clouds range in color from nearly white to pale blue-green.” Source: NASA E/O. Click images to enlarge.

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Pakistan Floods Kill 1,000

Posted by feww on August 1, 2010

Death toll in Pakistan floods reaches 1,000

Deadly floods have severely affected at least one million people, so far.

Described as the regions worst ever deluge, the floods have cut off the major city of Peshawar, with population of three million.

Military personnel and rescuers are unable to reach flooded areas because all transportation routes and communications lines have been severed.

More rain is forecast for the coming days, which could carry floodwaters from swollen rivers further south of the country.

Flooding in NW Pakistan

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The above images were captured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite, using a combination of infrared and visible light for increased contrast between water and land, on July 30, 2010 (top), and June 5, 2010 (bottom). “The images show the lower Indus River, not far from Pakistan’s coast. Both images . Water appears in varying shades of blue, vegetation is green, and bare ground is pinkish brown. Clouds are bright turquoise.”

The image from July 30 shows the Indus River “shows significantly higher water levels along the” major river.  “The Jhelum, Chenab, and Sutlej Rivers, as well as a number of smaller tributaries, feed into the Indus, and higher water levels are also apparent along those river channels. The city of Jacobabad appears inundated on July 30, and the patch of electric blue northwest of the city also suggests flooding.” Source: NASA E/O. Click images to enlarge.

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