Devastating floods in Pakistan
BelaynehKassaWubie | August 9, 2010 at 12:32 amby
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Why the world especially capable nations simply looking at the disaster instead of saving lives irrespective of politics?
See below what BBC reported today
Pakistan floods threaten key barrage in southern Sindh
More than 14 million people have been affected
Waters have exceeded the danger level at a key flood barrier in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh.
The Sukkur Barrage overflow means Sindh faces as much devastation as that seen further north in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces, say experts.
Enraged survivors have been attacking government officials in flood-hit areas, amid widespread anger at the pace of the relief effort.
At least 1,600 people have died in the nation's worst deluge in 80 years.
More than 14 million people have been affected and the monsoon rains show little sign of abating.
Flood waters have roared down from the north to the agricultural heartland of Punjab and on to southern Sindh along a trail more than 1,000km (600 miles) long.
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Sindh's Sukkur Barrage can withstand a flow of 900,000 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water.
The flow now coming down has been recorded at up to 1.4m cusecs, according to experts.
With roads, bridges and railway tracks washed away, and deadly landslides increasing the isolation of many of the worst-hit areas, aid workers are having to use donkeys to deliver relief.
The entire Swat valley was cut off at the weekend, with even helicopters unable to reach it because of the poor weather.
"It's hard to get supplies there. I would like to emphasise we are moving by foot or donkey. We are unable to get in to most places of Swat Valley," Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told news agency Reuters.
In the far north of the country, dozens of people were killed when two villages were buried in mud and rocks. Nearly 30 bodies were recovered from rubble after Saturday's landslides in Gilgit-Baltistan province.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, visiting the southern province of Sindh, where hundreds of thousands have been displaced, said the country had gone back years.
The UN has said that Pakistan will need billions of dollars in aid to recover.
Survivors have bitterly accused the authorities of failing to come to their rescue, with President Asif Ali Zardari, who pressed ahead with a trip to Europe, singled out for particular scorn.
Hundreds of protesters jeered Mr Zardari on Saturday at a rally organised by his Pakistan People's Party in the UK city of Birmingham.
Back in Pakistan, charities with links to militants have delivered aid to thousands stranded by the floods, as they did during the earthquake that devastated part of Pakistani-administered Kashmir in 2005.
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